Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada

Zonta International



19 June 2021

The resolution was adopted by the UN General Assembly on June 19, 2015. The date marks the Security Council resolution 1820 (2008), where sexual violence as a tactic of war was condemned.


25-27 June 2021

Hotel Cincinnati Netherland Plaza – Cincinnati, Ohio


11 July 2021

World Population Day aims to increase people’s awareness on various population issues such as the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights.


30 July 2021

International Day of Friendship was designated by the United Nations General Assembly (UN). On July 30, we step back and get thankful for those relationships worldwide, as they promote and encourage peace, happiness, and unity.


30 July 2021

Member States also adopted resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This resolution declared that such a day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”


12 August 2021

12 August was designated as International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999. It is an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in promoting human rights and development. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the challenges and hardships facing the world’s youth.


19 August 2021

World Humanitarian Day is an international day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.


3-5 September 2021

Taking place in the finance capital of Frankfurt, Germany, the 9th European InterDistrict Seminar will explore a wide variety of financial questions relevant to women, NGOs and society in tomorrow’s digital world. Join in for a weekend of inspiring panel discussions and workshops with female entrepreneurs and leaders and the edge of new digital era. Click here for more information.


8 September 2021

The 8th of September was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO in 1966 to remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies, and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies.


21 September 2021

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.


We are amazed by your incredible generosity! On behalf of the women and girls you are empowering with these donations, thank you.
The last day has been quite eventful. In less than 8 hours, we reached the Every Member Every November District Charity Challenge goal of US$30,000. In 24 hours, our members have completely shattered our expectations, reaching more than double the initial goal.
The gifts that you have already given would support:
  • The construction of one new classroom and gender segregated latrine to improve the learning environment for children in Madagascar and encourage their transition to secondary school (US$25,000).
  • The transition of 500 girls in Burkina Faso from primary to post primary support through scholarship, school kits and tutoring support. Increasing girls’ transition to secondary school is a key strategy for reducing rates of child marriage (US$25,000).
  • Provide comprehensive and gender-sensitive health care to 200 adolescent girls, emphasizing mental health and violence prevention. These girls are attending schools that can address all types of violence in Peru (US$15,000).
There is more to celebrate. Our 101st birthday is less than a week away and we want to give a gift to the women of the world. So, we are increasing the Every Member Every November District Charity Challenge goal to US$101,000.
We understand that COVID-19 has presented certain challenges and affected finances. However, even during this challenging time, Zontians continue to do what they can.
Join us in our celebration and take part in this campaign which will support women and girls around the world by clicking the button below.
Thank you for doing what you can to promote gender equality.
Warm regards,
Sharon Langenbeck, Ph.D.
Zonta International and Zonta Foundation for Women
Mary Ann Rubis
Zonta Foundation for Women Development Committee
Some important notes about the Every Member Every November District Challenge:
  • You do not need to be a U.S. resident to donate.
  • All donations will be added to your total Zonta giving.
  • The minimum eligible donation is US$10.
  • For the duration of the challenge, all donations will have a per transaction fee of 5%. There will be an additional payment processing fee of 2.9% of the donation plus US$0.30 per transaction. We encounter similar fees when donations are made through our regular online donation form. Donors will have the option to cover both the transaction and payment processing fees; and, if they choose to do so, 100% of their initial donation will go straight to Zonta Foundation for Women.
  • The Every Member Every November District Charity Challenge is hosted on an external website, GoFundMe Charity.
  • The state field is a required field. If you do not have a state, please enter “none.”

Our Causes
Zonta stands for women’s rights. We advocate for equality, education and an end to child marriage and gender-based violence.

Our Programs
Zonta expands opportunities for women and girls through our international education programs and service projects.



Our News and Events
We shall not rest until women’s rights are recognized as human rights. See the actions our members and partners are taking to achieve our mission.

Highlighting our partnership | UNICEF and Zonta International

Watch Now:
A special message from Zonta International President Sharon Langenbeck followed by a short video from our partners at UNICEF USA.

Media Inquiries

Thank you for your interest in Zonta International, a global community of more than 28,000 women and men in more than 1,100 Zonta clubs in 64 countries. Click on the links below to learn more about Zonta’s founding nearly 100 years ago, how we continue to make a difference globally and locally today, and our efforts to advocate for gender equality.

Zonta International Centennial Celebration

In 2019, Zonta International celebrates 100 years of service and advocacy to empower women and girls around the globe. Visit our Centennial Website to learn more about the celebration.

Zonta International Quick Guide:

Link >>  Zonta Quick Guide

The Story of the Zonta Emblem

Link >> The Story of the Zonta Emblem


Link >>>  Press Kit_ A4


Link >>  Intern’l Service Project History


Link >>  ZISVAW History


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 29,000 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, working together to improve the lives of women and girls, 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.


ZI Foundation

Zonta International Foundation (ZIF), the official charitable foundation of Zonta International, advances and sustains Zonta’s global service and advocacy programs.

CEDAW Presentation

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.


A world of opportunities, services and privileges are reserved for Zonta club members.

Zonta membership provides the opportunity to:

  • Meet interesting, involved professionals who seek to help women reach their potential.
  • Work together, through service and advocacy, towards common goals; i.e., the objectives of Zonta International.
  • Socialize and network locally, nationally and internationally.

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