Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 64 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs aimed at fulfilling Zonta's mission and objectives.
Zonta International and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF have been in close partnership since 1972, helping UNICEF advance the status of women and children worldwide through education and health services.
Zonta was a founding member of UNICEF’s campaign to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). The goal is to reduce MNT rates to less than one case per 1,000 live births. Zonta has generously supported UNICEF’s MNT immunization efforts in Nepal and Afghanistan.
Since 2008, Zonta International has supported two critical programs in Rwanda: the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV and the prevention of gender-based and domestic violence. During the 2014-2016 biennium, Zonta International’s remarkable commitment will contribute to a nation free of AIDS and new HIV infection among children, adolescents, women and famillies. It will also support the national scale-up strategy of One Stop Centers, investing in community-based prevnetion of violence against women and children in Rwanda.
Because of partners like Zonta International, UNICEF Rwanda has achieved significant results in the prevention of mother-to-chilld transmission of HIV, helping Rwanda move towards its goal of an HIV-free generation, and made significant progress towards the eradication of gender-based violence and violence against children.