Service Projects

Zonta London Local Projects

Helping women in developing countries as well as at the local level has been a passion of the Zonta Club of London II since it was established on Valentine’s Day in 1979.

The fundraising activities of Zonta London go towards supporting two local projects in addition to the international ones. Our fundraising activities are distributed equally between our nominated project SafeHands for Mothers, Eaves and the Zonta International projects.

SafeHands for Mothers        

SafeHands’s vision is a world where no woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth. The charity works to achieve this by producing films to educate, inform, and inspire change.

We have to ask why, in the 21st century, 1,600 women die every day during pregnancy or childbirth: the equivalent to a Titanic full of pregnant women sinking. The tragedy is that a huge number of these deaths are preventable simply by having a pair of safe hands to care during pregnancy and when giving birth.

Here is a video from the campaign “Now that you know, say no to FGM” they produced in 2015 to combat female genital mutilation (FGM).  Check out the YouTube channel.

NIA Ending Violence

Our Club supports NIA Ending Violence’s Emma Project and Daria House which are specialist refuges that help women with co-existing domestic violence and substance abuse issues, and trafficking respectively. We support NIA Ending Violence at Christmas with the provision of Christmas Hampers and ongoing toiletry needs.

Hestia

Hestia is the largest provider of domestic violence refuges in London. We support Hestia through collecting toiletries, and then packaging and delivering them at least once a year.

Dress for Success Greater London

Dress for Success helps women back into the workforce, if they have experienced hardship in their lives that makes it difficult for them to get back to work. We support Dress for Success by volunteering time, and also donating clothes and accessories.

Zonta International Projects

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 organisations.

Since 1923, Zonta has provided more than US$11 million to projects benefiting more than 2 million women in 37 countries.

Read more about the international projects here

Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women Program (ZISVAW)

Gender-based violence 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 its ZISVAW Program.

Since the program’s inception in 1999, more than US$2 million has been provided to support 40 projects in more than 23 countries.

Read more about the ZISVAW projects here