Zonta International

Each year on International Women's Day, we celebrate progress toward gender equality and acts of bravery and determination by women around the world who have made extraordinary contributions to their communities.

Zonta International has worked toward gender equality and eliminating violence against women for more than a century.  In the last year, the COVID 19 pandemic has shed light on existing issues and the disproportionate effect on women and girls:

Women and girls have increasingly been subjected to violence by an intimate partner as security, health and money concerns intensify and tensions are amplified by cramped and confined living conditions.

Girls in emergencies are disadvantaged at all stages of education; UNICEF estimates that by 2030, one in five girls in crisis-affected countries will be unable to read a simple sentence.

The global economy is experiencing its worst downturn since the Great Depression and has lead to more job losses among women than men.

However, the attention on these issues has brought much-needed awareness to the challenges facing women ang girls and will hopefully reinvigorate the fight for gender equity. 

The pandemic has also highlighted the many women who stand on the front lines as health care workers, teachers, caregivers, innovators and more.  Women and girls around the world have made immense efforts to secure an equal future and recovery from COVID-19, and their contributions do not go unnoticed.

Though it has been a difficult year, today is a time to celebrate our accomplishments.​

Since June 2020, you have contributed more than US$1.2 million to the Zonta Foundation for Women to support our current programs - what an amazing outpouring of support and generosity!  Thank you!

Together we are making a difference for women and girls.  Through our education programs, we are supporting women and girls pursuing education and careers in traditionally male-dominated fields.  Our Amelia Earhart Fellowship assists women studying aerospace engineering and space sciences, enabling them to conduct groundbreaking research.  Our recipients of the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships, Women in Technology Scholarships, and Young Women in Public Affairs Awards are the next generation of leaders in the private and public sectors.

Through our International Service Projects, we are responding to the health needs of adolescent girls and preventing violence in schools in Peru, ensuring that all women and girls in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste live life free from violence, creating opportunities for vulnerable and excluded children in Madagascar to receive education, and protecting the rights of millions of vulnerable girls and preventing child marriage in 12 countries in Africa and Asia.


In conjunction with International Women's Day, Zonta International and its members celebrate Rose Day, a special day when Zontians are encouraged to recognise those individuals in their lives who have encouraged them or are exemplary leaders in gender equality and th empowerment of women and girls. 

Sharon Langenbeck, Ph.D.


Zonta International and Zonta Foundation fo Women.

A global organisation working together to advance the status of Women and Girls worldwide through Service and Advocacy.

A better future for every woman.

Zonta International envisions a world in which Women's rights are recognised as human rights and every woman is able to reach her full potential.

In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.

In such a world, every woman is literate and has access to Education, Health Care, Legal and Economic resources on an equal basis with men.

Advocating for Gender equality in Sustainable Development

Taking action to end violence against Women and Girls.

Responding to Critical Global Issues Affecting Women  

Supporting Laws and Policies that Ensure Equal Pay for Equal Work.

Advancing and Empowering Women in the Workplace.

Ending Child Marriage and Enabling Girls to realise their full potential.

2020-21 Board Members
     President   ...  Leann Symonds
     Vice Pres.  ...   Ann Overall
     Treasurer   ...   Jane Bohnsack
      Secretary   ...   Lesley Sporn
Carol Pearce, Colleen Pearsons, Dianne Smith,
Christine Trenorden, Anita Williss.
Committee Chairs
Fundraising   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...  Carol Pearce
Service   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...  ...  Colleen Pearsons
Membership/Classification/Attendance   ...  Ann Overall
Advocacy   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   Anita Williss
Programmes/Fellowship   ...   ...   ...   ... Leann Symonds
PR Communications   ...   ...   ...   ...   ... Margaret Stephens
Bulletin   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   Di Sinclair Warren
International/United Nations   ...   ...   ...   Elisabeth Porter