Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 63 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs aimed at fulfilling Zonta’s mission and objectives.
- To improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local level through service and advocacy.
- To work for the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of executives in business and the professions.
- To promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
- To be united internationally to foster high ethical standards, to implement service programs, and to provide mutual support and fellowship for members who serve their communities, their nations, and the world.
Zonta International, its districts and its clubs are nonsectarian and nonpartisan.
The Zonta Club of Ottawa is located geographically in District II, and Area 4. Clubs in District II are located as far south as the Mid-Hudson Valley and as far west as Syracuse, N.Y. Area 4 includes clubs in Canton and Odgensburg, N.Y. and Montreal, Quebec.
Zonta International Foundation (ZIF), the official charitable foundation of Zonta International, advances and sustains Zonta’s global service and advocacy programs.
Canada signed CEDAW on July 17, 1980 at the World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women, and ratified CEDAW the following year on December 10, 1981. The decision to ratify was reached through the Continuing Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee of Officials Responsible for Human Rights.
Margaret Mitchell was the District 2 Governor from 2008-2010. During that time she and her board produced the Zonta “Fulcrum” as the District 2 Newsletter
On October 26th 2013, Zontians Valerie Hume and Margaret Mitchell presented an excellent review of the role Zonta International plays with the United Nations.