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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.

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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.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES 

  • 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:

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  • 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

outcomes. 

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 

activities.

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

strategies:

2.  Building the skills and knowledge of girls at risk of child marriage

3.  Supporting households in demonstrating positive attitudes towards

 adolescent girls

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.

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free
human being with an independent will. 

 Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

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