Improving women's lives in Victoria and round the world for 50 years
The Zonta Club of Victoria is one of over 12,000 clubs in over 65 countries- which comprise Zonta International! There are more than 30,000 people (of both genders) who envision a world in which women's rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.
The word Zonta means “honest and trustworthy.” Zonta was founded in 1919 in Buffalo, New York, USA. More and more women were entering the professional world- but still were not allowed to join the mainstream service clubs- so they formed Zonta. With the formation of the Zonta Club of Toronto in 1927, Zonta became an international organization. Wondering about the logo? It's more intricate than you might think: have a look here.
Throughout Zonta's history, we have empowered them by enhancing education, health, and socioeconomic status. Zonta has consultative status with the UN and thus joins forces on many initiatives.
Zonta Victoria's community support includes Wear2Start and the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre: helping them help to empower women.
The Zonta Pearson Endowment Fund supports a female student's scholarship at Pearson College. In addition Zonta facilitates blankets and other treats to enhance the students' study experience. Zonta says YES to education!
The T-shirts on this Clothesline Project pay tribute to each of the 14 women murdered on December 6, 1989 at L'Ecole Polytechnique. Zonta says NO to violence against women.
Advocacy is raising awareness about situations- such as child marriage, human trafficking. or a call to action against gender based violence.
The Zonta Club of Victoria joined the Zonta family in 1968. Pat Martin Bates, a current member of the club was one of the charter members.
Zontians like to have fun: enter parades, network, brainstorm, or celebrate fellowship. It's all part of what makes everyone stronger and wiser!