Zonta International is a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women worldwide.
As of May 2018, more that 29,000 individuals are members of more than 1.200 Zonta Clubs in 63 countries and geographic areas.
Zonta Clubs are members of Zonta International
Founded in 1919 in Buffalo, New York, USA, Zonta means “honest and trustworthy.”
Throughout Zonta International’s history, improving the status of women politically, legally, professionally, and in all other facets of life has been, and still is after almost a century, the motivating force. Zonta International and Zonta Club programs are making this happen, laying the groundwork for women to achieve not just their personal goals but to improve conditions for women worldwide.
Zonta International seeks to:
- provide service at the global and local level improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women
- promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedom
Zonta is as NGO with consultative status represented in the UNO since foundation in 1946.
100 years of empowered women
Nearly 100 years ago, founding member, Marian de Forest dreamed of an organization that would bring together women in executive positions to advocate for women’s rights. Since the creation of Zonta International in 1919, our members have dedicated the last century to empowering women, both in and outside of Zonta. To celebrate these achievements, Zontians around the globe in 2018-2020 will take part in a two-year celebration to honor the past while heralding the future.