What is Zonta? In a nutshell, it is an international organisation for women who work in various ways to raise the status of women worldwide.

Our motto: Empowering Women Through Service & Advocacy

How? Well, in lots of ways:

Fundraising
Holding tried and true and innovative functions to raise money for local and international charitable organisations.

Advocacy
Zonta advocates internationally and nationally against poverty, violence against women and girls including trafficking, and for basic human rights. Zonta works closely with the United Nations on all these issues.

Service
Hands-on help and assistance for charitable and community agencies.

Education
Zonta provides a raft of grants and scholarships for women and girls both internationally and locally.

Fellowship
Zonta is a great forum for women from all walks of life to come together for a common purpose.

Your role in the Zonta Club of Christchurch-Canterbury
When you join Zonta you entrust to become a committed and involved member. You will immediately be assigned to one of five committees where your skills will be invaluable to its current projects. Our Club meets on the first Monday of each month, and each committee meets once a month also. Around a dozen members also form the Club’s board and all members are expected to eventually serve on the board and if requested, take up key positions.

The annual subscription is $195.00 with a joining fee of $30.00

Conventions and Conferences:
Every two years there is an International Convention somewhere in the world, and in the years in between, each country – or “District” to give the Zonta term – holds a national conference. The 2017 District 16 National Conference is being held in Christchurch in September.

Charitable Organisations:
Go to our Fundraising page to see some of the charities and organisations we have worked with over the years.

Zonta International Canterbury Tertiary Scholarship TrustThere are four Zonta clubs in the Christchurch area, which have combined to provide the Zonta International Canterbury Tertiary Scholarship. This provides from one to three ongoing scholarships for Canterbury women each year. Applications are available at the beginning of each year through the Scholarship office or website of the following institutions:
Canterbury University, CPIT, Lincoln University, Aoraki College and through the Zonta International District 16 website http://www.zonta.org.nz/awards-and-scholarships#Canterbury

Find out more about Zonta International on www.zonta.org