The Zontians of District 3 provide both the the Internation Service Projects and assist their communities through a variety of local service projects, many of which are aligned with improving the human rights of women.
International Service ProgramHelping women in developing countries has been a passion of Zontians since the organization was founded in 1919. Today, 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 organizations. Since 1923, Zonta has provided more than 1$13,000,000 to projects benefiting women in 36 countries.During the 2014-2016 Biennium, three projects are being supported by the International Service Fund:•Towards Elimination of Obstetric Fistula and Reduction of Maternal and Newborn Mortality in Liberia•Working Toward an HIV-Free Generation Effective Prevention and Response to Gender Based Violence in Rwanda•Gender Responsive Schools Pilot ModelZonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women ProgramGlobally, gender-based violence is the most pervasive and least recognized human rights violation. Rooted in inequality, it 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 the Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women (ZISVAW) Program by:•Supporting prevention and advocacy strategies locally and internationally.•Awarding grants to United Nations agencies or recognized NGOs for projects that seek to change personal and/or political knowledge, attitudes and behavior contributing to gender-based violence.•Increasing awareness and actions related to preventing violence against women by encouraging Zonta club involvement in local and national advocacy initiatives and service projects.Since the program's inception in 1999, when it was developed by five Zontians from Districts 2 and 3; more than $3,500,000 has been provided to support 43 projects in 33 countries. During 2014-2016, two projects are being supported by the ZISVAW Fund:•Respecting the Rights and Responding to the Needs of Adolescent Girls in Niger •Voices Against Violence: Non-Formal Education Curriculum for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts on Ending Violence against Women and Girls
District 3 Service Project
Dress a Girl Around the World
Zonta District 3 has adopted Dress a Girl Around the World (DAG) as their district project and has focused on the girls aged 8-14. Through Dress a Girl Around the World (DAG) sewers and non-sewers around the world make dresses for girls. Participants do not need to be experienced sewers to participate. Tasks include cutting material, bias tape and elastic, pinning, pressing, and sewing, then preparation for shipping. DAG provides patterns, ways to be involved and opportunities for District 3 to deliver or to help fund the delivery of dresses to girls around the world. Participants join together because they believe that every girl deserves the dignity of owning at least one dress. Labels are attached to the outside of each dress sending an additional message that each girl is under the care of an organization, giving her added protection from those who would harm her. Currently, ministries and humanitarian teams carry the dresses into five different countries each year. They are carried to Uganda three times a year. In the US they are given to local abuse and homeless shelters. Dresses are shipped to a representative in our area or sent to Hope 4 Women International for distribution to the teams. Dress a Girl Around the World is a campaign under Hope 4 Women International (a 501(c)3) bringing dignity to women around the world since 2006. Local ServiceThe clubs of District 3 provide local service to their communities along the east coastof the United States from New York throught Southen Virginia. One Club contributes to Adelaide’s Place, where homeless women are provided day care for their children; another participated in, and donated to the Donna Darrien Sickle Cell Awareness Walk. One more club attended a local Candlelight Vigil to honor and remember Victims of Domestic Violence, sponsored by Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties (DVSCP). A very busy club in New York donated a large amount of new clothing for rape victims through the NuHealth SAFE/SANE program, and donated personal care items to the Department of Social Services homebound Program; and another New York donated stuffed toys and toiletries to “Bridges of Hope”, awomen-led program for low-income single women and their children in Staten Island Public Housing projects. A New Jersey club gave 3 scholarships to single mothers going to school, a grant to the Bergen County Volunteer Center’s “Mentoring Mom’s” Program and another provides grants to the Women’s Rights Information Center and the York Street Project,a shelter for homeless women and their children. A Maryland club worked with the Family Crisis Center, our local shelter for women victims of domestic violence and their children; and another Maryland club sponsored an Annual RAVE (Rape and Violence Eradication) Walk which raised a very large sum of money for, and educated more than 150 walkers on, the problem of violence against women in ther community. One Virginia club sponsored a Food Pantry to help the victims of domestic violence for the county Domestic Violence Action Center, and another supported the Final Salute Support program which was established to assist female veterans that are faced with homelessness and often have other issues such as PTSD and sexual abuse that make transition into independent living difficult. Service provided by the these clubs, as well as the other clubs of District 3. make a difference in the lives of women and children in their communities.