Working together to empower women through service and advocacy
Geelong bollards created by former Zonta Geelong member Jan Mitchell (Dec.)
We focus on women's empowerment by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local level through service and advocacy.
We aim 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.
Our club is made up of women from a diverse range of professions from in and around Geelong. Together, we support a range of service projects and scholarships at the international, district and club levels to help women in Australia and overseas.
News and Stories
Strengthening Response to GBV Survivors
Gender-based violence (GBV) is an umbrella term for any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person’s will and that is based on socially ascribed differences between males and females. It includes acts that inflict physical, sexual and mental harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other deprivation of liberty.
Despite growing awareness of GBV as a life-threatening violation of human rights, poor quality of services and lack of coordination among multiple response sectors have been a major impediment for effective response to GBV in Asia and the Pacific region.
Strengthening National Capacities of Health Sector in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Timor-Leste to Deliver Survivor-Centered Response to Gender-Based Violence Survivors will focus on two countries in the region with the highest level of lifetime prevalence of intimate partner violence–PNG (68%) and Timor-Leste (59%). This initiative will build on the strong global and regional evidence base on what works for effective response to GBV.
HOW ZONTA HELPS
Zonta International has committed US$1,000,000 to UNFPA to ensure that all women and girls in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste live life free from violence and that those women and girls who experience violence can access quality services essential to their long-term recovery.
Health service providers at national and sub-national levels in selected sites in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste will have the knowledge and capacity to deliver quality essential health services to GBV survivors in line with global guidelines.
Relevant government authorities at national and sub-national levels in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste will have the capacity to establish a multi-sectoral GBV coordination mechanism.
All project sites have functional referral paths established in line with global guidelines.
At least 70% of project-trained health practitioners demonstrate an 80% increase in knowledge on survivor-centered principles for GBV response.
The Zonta Says No campaign aims:
To promote the human rights of women
To promote Sustainable Development Goal No. 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”
To end violence against women and girls
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Ending Child Marriage
Child marriage is a global violation of human rights that can be found
in cultures, religions, ethnicities and countries around the world.
Recognising that only a long-term strategy will ensure the desired
The Global Programme to End Child Marriage brings together
governments, civil society, families and young people in a collective
effort to prevent girls from marrying too young and to support those
already married as girls.
To date, more than 1 million girls have been reached through life skills
and school attendance support and 1.67 million individuals have been
engaged in community-based behaviour change and sensitisation
How Zonta helps
Zonta International has committed US$2,000,000 to UNICEF USA to
support the UNICEF/UNFPA Global Programme to End Child Marriage
in 12 countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India,
Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.
1. The program is turning commitment into tangible action to effect
meaningful and lasting change in girls’ lives by focusing on five main
2. Building the skills and knowledge of girls at risk of child marriage
3. Supporting households in demonstrating positive attitudes towards
4. Strengthening the systems that deliver services to adolescent girls
5. Ensuring laws and policies protect and promote adolescent girls’ rights
6. Generating and using robust data to inform programs and policies
relating to adolescent girls.
Celebrating the work of Sylvia Earle, environmentalist and Zonta International Honorary Member
As Women’s History Month continues, we celebrate Dr. Sylvia Earle, an environmentalist and Zonta International Honorary Member.
Dr. Earle has made historical contributions and advancements in the fields of oceanography, marine biology, conservation and ocean floor exploration. Some of her awards include: the National Women's Hall of Fame, Library of Congress Living Legend, Glamour’s 2014 Woman of the Year, The Perfect World Foundation’s 2017 Conservationist of the Year and Time’s first Hero of the Planet. Additional accomplishments include: named Chief Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, led National Geographic Society’s Sustainable Seas Expeditions, broke the women’s diving depth record and co-founded two deep-sea exploration engineering companies.
Zonta welcomed Dr. Earle as an International Honorary Member in 1997 at an inter-city event sponsored by the Zonta Club of Washington, D.C. As Dr. Earle presented, targeting her slides and stories specifically to Zontians, she left quite an impression. “[We] sat there with our mouths open,” said past International Treasurer Donna Lane.
Dr. Earle is currently focusing her efforts on marine conservation. Through her non-profit, Mission Blue, she plans to combat the negative impacts of overfishing and pollution while protecting 30% of the globe’s oceans by 2030.
This Women’s History Month, we applaud Dr. Earle’s commitment to the responsible use of oceanic resources. With her internationally renowned work to preserve the seas for future generations, Dr. Earle has already made history and will continue to do so.
I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free
human being with an independent will.
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre