© Zonta District 3 2015
The Zontians of District 3 provide to both the International Service Projects and assist their communities through a variety of local service projects, many of which are aligned with improving the human rights of women. International Service International Service Program Helping women in developing countries has been a passion of Zontians since the organization was founded in 1919. Today, Zonta's International Service Program continues to help women in developing countries improve their legal, political, economic, educational and health status. Through funding from the Zonta International Foundation, the 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 recognized non-governmental organizations. Since 1923, Zonta has provided more than US$15.5 million to projects benefiting women in 37 countries.During the 2016-2018 Biennium, Zonta International is providing monetary support to the following five service projects: Liberia - towards Elimination of Obstetric Fistula and Reduction of Maternal and Newborn Mortality Madagascar - an Integrated Program for Adolescent Girls Eductation Rwanda - to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and gender-based violence. Niger - for Knowledge for Dignity (delaying early marriage) Nepal - for human trafficking and unsafe migration Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women Program Globally, gender-based violence is the most pervasive and least recognized human rights violation. Rooted in inequality, it affects women of every race, class, culture, ethnicity, age and country. Zonta International strives to promote and protect the human rights of all women and girls and reduce the incidence of violence through the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women (ZISVAW) Program by: Supporting prevention and advocacy strategies locally and internationally. Awarding grants to United Nations agencies or recognized NGOs for projects that seek to change personal and/or political knowledge, attitudes and behavior contributing to gender-based violence. Increasing awareness and actions related to preventing violence against women by encouraging Zonta club involvement in local and national advocacy initiatives and service projects. Local Service The clubs of District 3 provide local service to their communities along the east coast of the United States from New York through Southern Virginia. One Club contributes to Adelaide’s Place, where homeless women are provided day care for their children; another participated in and donated to the Donna Darrien Sickle Cell Awareness Walk.  One more club attended a local Candlelight Vigil to honor and remember Victims of Domestic Violence, sponsored by Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties (DVSCP). Several Maryland clubs attend yearly the Maryland Domestic Violence Memorial. A very busy club in New York donated a large amount of new clothing for rape victims through the NuHealth SAFE/SANE program, and donated personal care items to the Department of Social Services homebound Program.  Another New York club donated stuffed toys and toiletries to “Bridges of Hope”, a women-led program for low-income single women and their children in Staten Island Public Housing projects.  A New Jersey club gave 3 scholarships to single mothers going to school, a grant to the Bergen County Volunteer Center’s “Mentoring Mom’s” Program and another club provides grants to the Women’s Rights Information Center and the York Street Project, a shelter for homeless women and their children.  A Maryland club worked with the Family Crisis Center, a local shelter for women victims of domestic violence and their children; another Maryland club sponsored an Annual RAVE (Rape and Violence Eradication) Walk which raised money and educated more than 150 walkers on the problem of violence against women in their community.  Another Maryland club provides material for Chrysalis House, a recovery program for women with addictions, and stuffs bags for Women in Prison to help with their reentry into society.  One Virginia club sponsored a Food Pantry to help the victims of domestic violence for the county Domestic Violence Action Center, and another supported the Final Salute Support program which was established to assist female veterans that are faced with homelessness who often have other issues such as PTSD and sexual abuse that make transition into independent living difficult.  Service provided by these clubs, as well as the other clubs of District 3. make a difference in the lives of women and children in their communities.