Zonta International: Service, Advocacy and Scholarships

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International Service Program

Since Zonta International was founded in 1919, Zontians have been passionate about empowering women in developing countries through international service. In the more than 90 years since its first international service project was funded, Zonta International has contributed more than US$15.5 million to projects benefiting women in 35 countries. Through funding from the Zonta International Foundation, the Zonta International Service Program has provided training, education, health, sanitation, agricultural and micro-credit assistance to women, primarily through projects implemented by the agencies of the United Nations and other recognized non-governmental organizations.

During the 2014-2016 Biennium, three projects are being supported by the International Service Fund:

Zonta Foothills contributes thousands of dollars each year to support these projects.

 

Advocacy

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Zonta International, districts and clubs advocate at the international, national and local levels on issues related to human rights and gender equality. At the international level, Zonta International advocates on global issues primarily through the United Nations (UN) and Council of Europe. At the national level, Zonta districts, areas and clubs take action in support of, or in opposition to, legislation on issues affecting women and girls. At the local level, Zonta clubs monitor laws and policies and their impact on women, participate in hearings and public meetings with local politicians and administrators, and host speakers and panels to raise awareness about issues affecting women in their local communities.

 

International Scholarships

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For women and girls, education provides the tools and resources to empower them to make decisions about their lives and the future of their families. Educated women can break the cycle of poverty; they can choose when to marry and if and when to have children; they can access quality healthcare to safeguard themselves and their children; they can educate their own children and ensure greater opportunities for future generations. That is why  Zonta International awards numerous scholarships each year. Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County contributes to these scholarships:

  • Young Women in Public Affairs Awards–High School level
  • J.M.Klausman Scholarships (business) college/graduate level
  • Amelia Earhart Fellowships (aerospace) PhD level
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