United Nations Chair: Lynn O’Shea
My goal as District United Nation Chair is to provide each Club with regularly scheduled information on the activities and involvement of Zonta International at the UN, help Clubs find ways to connect our UN involvement to our local Clubs, to keep Clubs current on the worldwide view, and help each Club can find ways to support the International initiatives of Zonta.
The United Nation’s Commission on Women continued the UN’s focus on reducing violence against women at it’s 57th Session where it released a new declaration signed by more that 130 member states aimed at the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. Thirty five agreed conclusions were agreed upon. The first three of these being reaffirmation to the Beijing Declaration and Platform of action; the reaffirmation of the international commitments made at relevant United Nations summits and conferences in the area of gender equality and empowerment of women; the reaffirmation of CEDAW and other relevant conventions and treaties as providing an international legal framework. The commission emphasized that ending violence against women and girls was imperative.
To really appreciate the Zonta UN connection, consider attending the Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York City March 13-24, 2017. The Priority Theme will be; “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”
International service is an important part of Zonta’s mission. These projects are primarily administered through branches of the United Nations such as UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA , and UN TRUST FUND TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN and supported by your donations to the Zonta International Foundation.
Our 2016-2018 International service projects are:
• TOWARDS ELIMINATION OF OBSTETRIC FISTULA AND THE REDUCTION OF MATERNAL AND NEWBORN MORTATLITY IN LIBERIA,
• LET US LEARN MADAGASGAR: AN INTEGRATED PROGRAM FOR ADOLESCENT GIRLS.
Our 2016-2018 ZISVAW projects are:
• The Future We Want: Creating Sustainable Foundations for Addressing Human Trafficking and Unsafe Migration of Women and Girls in Nepal
• Initiative for Adolescent Girls in Niger: Knowledge for Dignity
To learn more about our work with these UN and our 2016-18 advocacy and
service projects, visit www.zonta.org.