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Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. Over 30,000 members in more than 1,200 clubs in 67 countries volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects.


The Objectives of Zonta International are:


  • 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 members.

  • 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 other words, Zonta offers opportunities for service, professional growth, networking, and fellowship while empowering women worldwide.

More information about Zonta International can be found at


Zonta was founded in 1919 at a time when professional women were excluded from service organizations. By 1986 men were welcome to join local Zonta Clubs. Zonta International is headquartered in Chicago.



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Zonta has been an active supporter of the United Nations since its founding in 1945.  Zonta holds Non-Governmental Organization status at the United Nations and maintains active representatives at UN sites in Geneva, New York, Paris, and Vienna.


Zonta International offers a variety of scholarships and fellowships including:


  • Amelia Earhart Fellowships to women in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering graduate programs

  • Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships

  • Young Women in Public Affairs Award


Zonta works with United Nation agencies to identify projects that would benefit women in developing countries. In 2014-16 these projects included:


  • Elimination of Obstetric Fistula and Reduction of Maternal and Newborn Mortality in Liberia

  • Working Toward an HIV-Free Generation Effective Prevention and Response to Gender Based Violence in Rwanda

  • Gender Responsive Schools Pilot Model


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