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 UNICEF USA 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.
From 2008-2016, Zonta International 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 this time Zonta International’s remarkable commitment contributed to the achievement of a significant reduction in new HIV infections among children, adolescents, women and famillies. Zonta also supported the national scale-up strategy of One Stop Centers, investing in community-based prevnetion of violence against women and children in Rwanda.
For the 2016-2018 biennium, Zonta has committed to supporting Let Us Learn in Madagascar, an integrated program for adolescent girls focused on a retention and prevention strategy that creates opportunities for vulnerable and excluded girls to realize their rights to an education in a secure and protective environment. The program is focused on three equity pillars: reaching out-of-school children, expanding girls' education and improving quality outcomes for learners. Together, Zonta International and the UNICEF USA will positively impact the lives of thousands of vulnerable children and families.