Zonta's Relationship with the United Nations

by Ann Laubacker

Zonta works with decision-makers from United Nations agencies and with countries where Zonta has funded projects and/or where Zonta clubs reside.

Over the last decade alone, Zonta International has contributed more than $5.9 million toward UN efforts to end violence against women and girls around the world.  The current focus is on women’s empowerment.  This partnership with various UN agencies, such as UN Women (formerly UNIFEM), UNESCO, WHO and UNFPA, has given Zonta a practical way to leverage our donations to work for safer homes and public spaces, implement laws to fully uphold women’s rights and provide higher quality services for survivors of violence.

Zonta is classed as a Non Governmental Organization (NGO).  Of the 5,508 non- governmental organizations with consultative status at the United Nations, Zonta is of only 141 to have General Consultative Status, the highest status and NGO can have at the UN. Zonta has committees working with the UN in New York, Paris, Vienna, Geneva and Bangkok.  Zonta’s projects are made more economical and can have a bigger impact using UN resources and contacts.

All this ensures that Zonta’s priorities are presented and that the Zonta voice is clear. Our track record has proven our worth and our commitment.  It allows us to monitor and influence ongoing issues such as human trafficking, women’s education and employment, human rights, child marriage, the gender pay gap, and much more.

 

“Through the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, Zonta clubs around the world are uniting to raise their voices to bring awareness to this issue and advocate on behalf of gender-based violence survivors.”

Sharon Langenbeck
Zonta International President