Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Zonta International envisions 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.
With nearly 29,000 members belonging to 1,200 clubs in 63 countries, Zontians volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects focusing on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.
Z Clubs and Golden Z Clubs
Some Zonta clubs sponsor Z clubs for high school students and Golden Z clubs for college or university students to develop leadership skills, promote career exploration and encourage members to participate in school, community and international service projects. There are currently more than 100 Golden Z clubs and more than 200 Z clubs in 20 countries around the world.
Zonta International and the United Nations
Zonta has General Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), consultative status with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), participatory status with the Council of Europe, and special relationships with United Nations entities promoting women’s rights. Zonta also maintains representatives at UN sites in Geneva, New York, Paris and Vienna. Zonta International turned 100 on Nov. 8, 2019!