Zonta International

Zonta International is a non-governmental organization with General Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and participatory status with the Council of Europe. Zonta is also a member of coalitions like the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally, the ERA Coalition and others. Through these relationships and partnerships, Zonta is able to issue its own statements and collaborate with other like-minded organizations to make joint statements and advocate for policies to promote and protect the rights of women and girls.

Written Statement to the UN Human Rights Council, and its Special Session on Afghanistan: Call for Immediate action to protect human rights and dignity in Afghanistan with special focus on women and girls | PDF

(Statement by Women’s Federation for World Peace International plus Zonta International and nine other non-governmental organizations calling for immediate action to protect the rights and dignity of women and girls in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power, August 2021)

Zonta International Statement on Afghanistan: Girls’ education must remain a priority | LINK
(Statement​ by Zonta International affirming that we will advocate to ensure that women and girls in Afghanistan and elsewhere are able to participate fully in their societies and that girls have access to a quality education and can pursue that education without fear for their safety, August 2021)

Zonta International Statement on Climate Change: A Gender Equality Issue | PDF
(Statement by Zonta International calling for action in favor of a fair and human rights-based approach to solve the crisis of climate change in the post-pandemic world and achieve greener, cleaner and equal societies, approved April 2021, published June 2021)

Zonta International reaffirms support for The Istanbul Convention | PDF
(Statement by Zonta International reaffirming support for The Council of Europe Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, April 2021)

NGO CSW Vienna Statement to CSW65 | PDF
(Statement by Zonta International and 20 other non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, November 2020)

Statement on making child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting a priority action of the Action Coalition on GBV | PDF
(Statement by Girls Not Brides plus 625 civil society organizations and 75 activists from across 79 countries to leaders of the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence, November 2020)

Zonta International Statement to the CSW65 | PDF
(Statement by Zonta International to the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, October 2020)

WGG Statement to the CSW65 | PDF
(Statement by The Working Group on Girls to the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, October 2020)

Distance learning and digital technologies as a strategical and challenging turn towards inclusive access to education for women and girls | PDF
(Graduate Women International Statement to the 45th regular session of the Human Rights Council, October 2020)

The First 100 Days and Ending Gender-Based Violence Globally | PDF
(Statement by the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally, September 2020)

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.



Approved by the Zonta International Board April 2021;

Published June 2021


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.

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.”

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