Welcome to the Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo!
We are an enthusiastic group of women from Waterloo Region fundraising together to build a better world for women and girls in Waterloo Region and around the world.
Zonta KW was founded in 1978 and has been thriving for over 42 years! We are a member of Zonta International (ZI), a global organization that started in Buffalo New York in 1919. ZI is comprised of over 26,000 members forming 1102 Clubs in 62 countries.
Zonta envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.
Zonta’s story is one of empowerment, perseverance and progressive change.
How do we Build a Better World for Women & Girls in Waterloo Region?
FUNDRAISING: we have raised over $1.9 million dollars for local charitable and not-for-profit organizations whose programs support women’s health, education and well-being.
SCHOLARSHIPS: young women are recognized and supported through the Young Women in Public Affairs Award and the JM Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. The Bev Thring Bursary is awarded annually to a 2nd year nursing student attending Conestoga College.
ADVOCACY: The 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women is observed internationally that and brings awareness to the heartbreaking level of violence perpetrated against women and girls across the globe. From November 26-Dec 10th, we host & participate in events to raise awareness about this issue.
We also present the Zonta Film Festival which celebrates female filmmakers. Their stories inspire action and advocacy on a wide variety of subjects.
How do we Build a Better World for Women & Girls Globally?
BIRTHING KITS: twice a year we organize volunteers to create birthing kits. One small package improves health outcomes for Mom, baby & birth attendant. Kits are shipped around the world with the help of partners such as World Vision. To date, our club has sent 23,000 kits worldwide!
Community members are welcome to join us for this fun and inspiring activity. Contact our club for more information and dates.
FUNDRAISING: Each year a portion of money raised at our events is directed to the (ZI) Zonta Foundation for Women which carries out global education and service projects.
Zonta (International) Foundation for Women - Service Projects 2022-2024:
Engaging Girls on Climate Change in Madagascar with UNICEF USA
Adolescent Girls Health & Protection in Peru with UNICEF USA
Her Health and Dignity, Our Priority: Strengthening Services for Survivors of Gender Based Violence in Papua New Guinea & Timor-Leste with UNFPA
Global Programme to End Child Marriage with UNFPA and UNICEF USA
Learn more here
Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Zonta International envisions a world in which women's rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.
In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men.
In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.
Building a better world for Women and Girls
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Zonta (International) Foundation for Women - Education
Zonta International is dedicated to achieving gender equality in education and supports scholarships, fellowships, and awards for women & girls pursuing education and careers in traditionally male-dominated fields
Amelia Earhart Scholarship: up to 30 fellowships per year awarded to talented women pursuing advanced studies in aerospace engineering & space sciences
Women in Business Scholarship: up to 37 international scholarships to help women who are pursuing undergraduate and Master’s degrees in business management
Women in STEM Scholarship: A single candidate from each of Zonta’s 31 districts and one region will receive an award of US$5,000 from Zonta International in 2023
Young Women in Public Affairs Award: up to 37 international awards to young women 16-19 who demonstrate leadership and a commitment to public service and civic causes.
Learn more here