AMELIA EARHART DAY
11 January 2021
On 11 January 1935, Zontian and aviator Amelia Earhart began an 18-hour trip from Honolulu to Oakland, California, that made her the first person to fly solo across any part of the Pacific Ocean.
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION DAY
24 January 2021
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.
DR. ANASTASIA VOLKOVA – FROM AMELIA EARHART FELLOW TO INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED BUSINESS LEADER
28 January 2021, 3:00 PM Central Standard Time
Join us for a special Amelia Earhart Month event with Dr. Anastasia Volkova, 2017 Amelia Earhart Fellow and one of the BBC’s 100 Women of 2020. Register today.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ZERO TOLERANCE TO FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION
6 February 2021
In 2012, the UN General Assembly designated February 6th as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, with the aim to amplify and direct the efforts on the elimination of this practice.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SCIENCE
11 February 2021
In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE
20 February 2021
On 26 November 2007, the General Assembly declared that, starting from the sixty-third session of the General Assembly, 20 February will be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY / ZONTA ROSE DAY
8 March 2021
Officially recognized by the United Nations in 1977, International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.
15-26 March 2021
The 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 15 to 26 March 2021.
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE RIGHT TO THE TRUTH CONCERNING GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND FOR THE DIGNITY OF VICTIMS
24 March 2021
This annual observance pays tribute to the memory of Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero, who was murdered on 24 March 1980. Monsignor Romero was actively engaged in denouncing violations of the human rights of the most vulnerable individuals in El Salvador.
INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END OBSTETRIC FISTULA
23 May 2021
The United Nations has observed the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula since 2013. This day is meant to raise awareness of this issue and mobilize support around the globe.
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT
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.
NORTH AMERICAN INTER-DISTRICT
25-27 June 2021
Hotel Cincinnati Netherland Plaza – Cincinnati, Ohio
WORLD POPULATION DAY
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.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FRIENDSHIP
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.
WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS
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.”
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY
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.
WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY
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.
EUROPEAN INTERDISTRICT SEMINAR
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.
INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY
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.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
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.
- 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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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