Projects & Scholarships


Service Projects:

Crisis Accommodation: The Zonta Club of Geelong supports local crisis accommodation facilities for women and children by donating toiletries and other essentials as well as providing financial support. The club has a longstanding partnership with SalvoConnect.

Scholarships & Awards


Sainsbury – Zandren Memorial Scholarship – $1500 Awarded each year to a female secondary student attending a government school or an alternative Yr. 12 program who has overcome adversity (i.e. single parent, financial hardship and medical issues) to complete her VCE, and who has gained a place at a tertiary educational facility.

Young Women in Public Affairs - $1000  is offered each year to a young woman aged 16-19 committed to advancing the status of women. The local winner is then put forward for Zonta District and International recognition.

Outstanding Woman of Achievement: Acknowledges a local professional woman for outstanding achievement in advancing the status of women through personal, academic, business, community service and/or as a role model.

District Projects: 

Breast Care Cushions: are donated to local hospitals for those women and men who have undergone surgery as a result of breast cancer.

Birthing Kits: A clean birthing kit, and training in how to use it, for women in developing countries can assist in the reduction of infant and maternal mortality rates (currently an estimated 385,000 women a year).

Zonta International Service Projects

Zonta's International Service Programs help women in developing countries improve their legal, political, economic, educational and health status. Through funding from the Zonta International Foundation, the Program provides 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.

For the years 2014-2016, these projects are:

Liberia Fistula Program (US$600,000): A project in co-operation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).  Zonta International has supported this program since 2008.

Elimination of New Paediatric HIV Infection and Prevention and Response to Survivors of Domestic and Gender Based Violence in Rwanda (US$800,000): A project in conjunction with UNICEF. Zonta International has supported this program since 2008.

Vietnam Gender Responsive Pilot Model (US$644,000): To create a school environment for adolescent girls and boys across Hanoi that is free from gender-based violence.

ZISVAW Projects

Established in 1999, ZISVAW Projects (Zonta International Strategies to End Violence against Women Program) are:

Respecting the Rights and Responding to Needs of Adolescent Girls in Nigeria (US$1,000,000 to United Nations Population Fund): To reduce early marriage and early pregnancy in a critical mass of communities and departments in four regions of Nigeria.

Voices against Violence: Non-Formal Education Curriculum for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts on Ending Violence against Women and Girls (US 986,000 to UN Women). To prevent and reduce gender discrimination and violence against women and girls through non-formal education and youth engagement and leadership.

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