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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 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 65 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.
"Zonta" means honest and trustworthy and is derived from the Lakhota (Teton Dakota), a language of the Native-American Sioux peoples. It was adopted in 1919 to symbolize the combined qualities of honesty and trust, inspiration and the ability to work together for service and world understanding.

The symbol of ZONTA is yellow rose, registered internationally under the name "Hartanna". The "Zonta Rose" was introduced at the 1984 Sydney Convention. Since 1999, it has served as the symbol of Zonta Rose Day, which falls on 8 March and coincides with International Women's Day. On this special day, Zontians worldwide are encouraged to publicly distribute yellow roses or items bearing the image of yellow roses, accompanied by information about Zonta International and issues relating to improving the lives of women.
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.
  • In face of the rapid and continuously changing environment in the lives of women around the world, every 2 years, Zonta would review its goals to ensure that we Zontians are always able to make timely and positive contributions in our own unique way to live up to our mission of advancing the status of women worldwide.
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    Zonta International Biennial Goals 2018:

    We empower women

    Goal 1
    We maximize our impact through service and advocacy initiatives and educational programs that empower women and girls.

    Goal 2
    We strengthen our resources to support our mission.

    Goal 3
    We enhance our profile around the world through our centennial anniversary activities.



    Awards & Scholarships
    Since 1928, Zonta International has addressed challenges to women's equality in science, business, public affairs and government by providing critical financial support through programs funded by the Zonta International Foundation.
    Amelia Earhart Fellowship

    Established in 1938, this is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./ doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000 is awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year.


    Emma L. Conlon Service Award

    Established in 1962, the Emma L. Conlon Service Awards recognize Z clubs and Golden Z clubs whose projects and programs best express the ideals of Zonta International through local and international service and advocacy to advance the status of women worldwide. First place clubs receive US$1,000; second place clubs receive US$500; and third place clubs receive US$250. The award money is to be used for the club's service projects.


    Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships

    Established in 1998, this annual award operates at the Zonta club, district/ region and international levels to help women pursue undergraduate and Master's degrees in business management. Zonta clubs provide awards for club recipients. Zonta International awards scholarships of US$1,000 each at the district/ region level and 12 international scholarships in the amount of US$7,000 each.


    The Young Women in Public Affairs Awards

    Established in 1990, this annual award operates at the Zonta club, district/ region and international levels. It honors young women of age 16 to 19 who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in public policy, government and volunteer organizations. Zonta clubs provide awards for club recipients, and district/ region and international awards are funded by the Zonta International Foundation. District recipients receive US$1,000, and 10 international recipients are selected from the district/ region recipients to receive awards of US$4,000 each.
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    International & District Conference
    Zonta International 20th District 17 Conference was successfully held on 5-7 October 2019 in Hong Kong. There are more than 460 delegates including 260 overseas Zontians attended the event.

    Delegates participated in discussions and workshops in various business sessions as lead by IP Susanne von Bassewitz. On the last day, colourful cultural performance shows by various Areas are performed and well enjoyed by Zontians. Some Zontians joined the post-conference visit to Macau. Many Zontians expressed that this is the best Zonta conference they have attended.
     


    Area Meeting cum training on 8 September 2019
    The Area Meeting cum training was held on 8 September 2019. Lucy Wong is the Area Director and the focus is on how to nurture our new generation and enhance the Golden Z/Z Clubs.

     
    The 62nd Zonta International 2014 Orlando Convention
    The Zonta International 2018 Convention was held in Yokohama, Japan.

    The Zonta International 2020 Convention would be held in Chicago, 4-8 July 2020.


































     
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