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.

Friend of Zonta

The Zonta Club has supported in the past the Summer Institute for Human Rights (now known as Summer Symposium) with Service grants for over five years.  The last time was in 2019 the club awarded them $1,000 to provide scholarships for six high school students interested in registering but were not able to pay the registration fee.  Approximately 30% of students are unable to afford the tuition to attend.  The Academy’s Summer Symposium is open to any existing 8th grader through graduating high school seniors from any school in Western New York.  For most years, roughly 75-90 students attend.  Any interested participant is asked to complete a short registration form, with fee or scholarships available.
Drew Beiter is the Executive Director of the Academy for Human Rights which runs the Summer Symposium.  Drew was made a “Friend of Zonta” several years ago as recognition of our long partnership with the Academy.



“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


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