For 100 years, Zonta International has been working to advance the status of women worldwide through an international fellowship of executive and professional women who share a common commitment to promoting and protecting women’s rights.
The International President
The current International President is Susanne von Bassewitz from Düsseldorf II, Germany (District 29)
The International Board
Sharon Langenbeck President-Elect, Santa Clarita Valley, USA
Ute Scholz Vice President, Verden, Germany
Mari McKenzie Treasurer/Secretary, Saginaw, USA
Marguerite Akossi-Mvongo Director, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Margaret Bateman Director, Port Macquarie Inc, Australia
Christina Rylander Bergqvist Director, Sundsvall, Sweden
Sigrid Duden Director, Heidelberg, Germany
Judy Gorton Director, Perth Inc, Australia
Lalivan Karnchanachari Director, Bangkok I, Thailand
Salla Tuominen Director, Helsinki I, Finland
The next International Convention will be held in Chicago, USA in July 2020
(Cancelled due to Covid-19 – ZI Business and Presentations will be held via an online forum).
ONGOING SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
Amelia Earhart Fellowships
Fellowship for women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace‐related sciences and engineering.
Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarships
Scholarship for women pursuing undergraduate and Master’s degrees in business management.
Young Women In Public Affairs Award
Award established to encourage more young women to participate in public and political life by recognising them for their volunteer leadership and dedication to the advancement of the status of women.
Pilot Technology Scholarship
Will be offered in 2019 for tertiary level.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE PROJECTS
Since Zonta International was founded in 1919, Zontians have been passionate about empowering women in developing countries through international service. In the more than 90 years since its first international service project was funded, Zonta International has contributed nearly US$19.2 million to projects benefiting women in 35 countries.
Through funding from the Zonta International Foundation, the Zonta International Service Program has provided training, education, health, sanitation, agricultural and micro-credit assistance to women, primarily through projects implemented by the agencies of the United Nations and other recognised non-governmental organisations.
During the 2018-2020 Biennium, three projects are being supported by the International Service Fund:
• Let Us Learn Madagascar: An Integrated Program for Adolescent Girls
• Ending Child Marriage
• Eid bi Eid (Hand in Hand): Support to the resilience and empowerment of Syrian refugee and vulnerable Jordanian women