What is Zonta?
Zonta International is a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta International is in 67 countries with more than 33,000 members in over 1,200 Clubs. Zonta’s world is divided into 32 Districts of which we are District 4.
On November 8, 1919 in Buffalo, New York, Marian de Forest, along with other prominent women leaders, forged ahead to begin the Confederation of Zonta Clubs. In 1927, when the Zonta Club of Toronto was chartered, the name was changed to Zonta International.
Zonta takes its name from the Lakota Sioux Indian word meaning “honest and trustworthy”.
Zonta has a long and well respected history of service provision to women, and is a key advocate for women’s’ rights. Zonta works in partnership with United Nations agencies, and like-minded organizations to address issues that impede the achievement of equality and empowerment, and to address gender violence in all its forms.
The Zonta International theme for the 2008-2010 biennium is ‘Empowerment and equality for all women’. It is opportunity to embrace the diversity of our communities and our membership, and to ensure our service and advocacy efforts are focused on our mission for the benefit of all.