Zonta Club of Franklin Area
On our local level, each club member is expected to volunteer at least 20 hours of service per year. These hours shall be spent either working on a Zonta service project or fund raising activity.
Projects the Zonta Club of Franklin Area has supported:
v Habitat for Humanity ~ "WomenBUILD"
v Human Trafficking
v REACH of Macon County
v Angel Medical Center ~ Breast Health Center
v Holiday Angels from Macon Program for Progress
v Local and International Scholarships for Women
v Macon County Care Network, also known as CareNet
v KIDS Place
v Medication Assistance Program
v Women's Health Issues, through the Macon County Health Department
v Birthing Kits ~ provide for a clean birth that may decrease the risk of death from infection and bleeding. The kit works by providing a clean birth site, clean hands, clean ties, clean razor, clean gauze, clean umbilical cord, and clean perineum.
v Comfort Kits ~ individualized packages of replacement clothing and toiletries provided to patients who come to the hospital for a forensic exam.
The Zonta Club of Franklin Area holds two events each year to raise money:
v Art and Chocolate ~ our largest fundraiser and usually held on the first Saturday in August. It is a very festive event with music, dancing, food, desserts, beverages, along with live and silent auctions. It has become the "social event of the year" and has allowed the club to distribute more than $100,000 over the last six years to help various agencies provide support to local women.
v Yard Sale ~ usually held in either September or October with the monies supporting cold weather needs or Holiday meals for single mother families.
Zonta International supports the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States to advance the status of women through the adoption and fulfillment of international conventions and treaties. Zonta International supports proposals and works to influence the laws and attitudes that affect women’s lives at every level ~ international, national and local.
Education, Leadership and Youth Development
Since 1928, Zonta International has addressed challenges to women's equality in science, business, public affairs and government by providing critical financial support through programs funded by the Zonta International Foundation. Since the adoption of the Vocational Education for Girls Project in 1928, Zonta International has been addressing these challenges.
v Amelia Earhart Fellowships: Since 1938, 1,262 Fellowships awarded totaling US$7 million to women from 59 countries.
v Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships: Since 1998, 199 Scholarships awarded to women from 34 countries.
v Young Women in Public Affairs Awards: Since 1990, 531 Awards given to women from 49 countries.
v Z Clubs and Golden Z Clubs
Violence Against Women and Girls
Violence against women is a universal problem and one of the most widespread violations of human rights. It affects every race, class, culture, ethnicity, age and country. Women are potential victims of violence at every stage of their lives.
In no country in the world are women safe from domestic and intimate violence. Violence against women takes many forms, including prenatal sex selection, female infanticide, female genital mutilation, sexual harassment, abuse and assault, dowry violence, honor killings, domestic violence, battering, marital rape, forced prostitution and trafficking.
v One in three women will suffer some form of violence in her lifetime, becoming part of an epidemic that devastates lives, fractures communities and stalls development. (UNIFEM)
v Half of the women who die from homicides are killed by their current or former husbands or partners. (UNIFEM)
v More than 2 million girls between the ages of 5 and 15 are trafficked, sold or coerced into prostitution each year. (UNFPA)
Beyond individual consequences, gender-based violence has public health and economic impacts, as businesses and public health systems often bear the costs of treating injuries related to violence against women and girls.
Women's equality is not yet a reality. Women worldwide face systemized discrimination ~ they lack opportunities to live healthy lives, free from legal, social, economic and political inequality. Zonta International empowers women to overcome barriers to their equal human rights through its International Service Projects funded by the Zonta International Foundation. Since 1923, Zonta has provided …More than US$9,800 million to projects benefiting over 2 million women and representing 34 countries.
If poverty, HIV/AIDS, illiteracy, violence and human trafficking had a face it would be female. The world's plagues are rooted in gender inequality, and the only common solution is the empowerment of women. Zonta International is on the front lines of global and local efforts to help women overcome barriers to equal education, health care, legal rights, credit and employment through education, service and advocacy programs funded by the Zonta International Foundation.
The Zonta International Foundation supports projects that address the education, economic advancement and health of women or prevent violence against women, implemented primarily by United Nations agencies or recognized international non-governmental organizations. It also provides financial aid in the form of fellowships, scholarships and awards to women and girls for specific academic and leadership development pursuits. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply for these opportunities.
v Men outnumber women almost three to one among those planning careers in computer or information sciences, according to a United Nations Statistics division report.
v Women in science and engineering remain a distinct minority, representing approximately 10 percent of professionals in these fields.
v Women hold just 10.4 percent of the board seats of global 200 companies, as ranked by Fortune Magazine, according to Corporate Women Directors International.
v Women hold just 15.4 percent of seats in the world's national parliaments, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
v Two-thirds of illiterate adults are women and two-thirds of children not in school are girls.
v 70 percent of the 1.3 billion poor are women.
v 60 million women are "missing" because of gender-based violence.
v Every year an estimated 4 million women and girls are bought and sold worldwide.
v Today, 7,000 women and girls will contract HIV.
International Service Projects (2008—2010)
v Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (UNICEF)
v Safe Cities for Women (UNIFEM)
v Reduction of Obstetric Fistula (UNFPA)