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Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 19:04 Written by Mary Ann Rubis, member of ZI Membership Committee Monday, 25 August 2014 18:44

Can you imagine being a member of a district that consists of nine countries, speaking more than six languages, extending from the United Kingdom to Russia?  While the opportunity to network with such a diverse group of women would be wonderful, conducting district business, conference and area meetings, would be quite challenging.  This biennium, ZI will begin the process of redistricting, looking at the compilation of each district to determine how it can function more effectively within Zonta.  European Zontians will meet in Copenhagen in September with members of the Zonta International Board (ZIB) and the European members of the Zonta International Membership Committee (ZIMC) to share their thoughts on redistricting.  Due to the large and multi-cultural districts in Europe, the ZIB decided to begin the task in this region.

How would redistricting affect our District (D1)?
Currently, D1 has approximately 322 members.  Our district’s membership has steadily declined for many biennia.  In order to remain a District, we must have more than 300 members.  ZI is concerned that D1 may fall below that level during this biennium.  According to the bylaws of Zonta, if this were to occur, we would no longer be a district, but a region.  As such, we would no longer have a governor, an international representative at our official fall conference, or a vote at convention.  The ZI President would appoint a member from our region to serve as a Regional Representative, who would work closely with the ZIB to regain district status.  Redistricting could also mean that D1 would merge with another district, perhaps D2 which includes clubs in New York.

Increasing membership is a huge challenge for all international service organizations, not just Zonta.  Now is the time for all D1 members to “dig deep” and make membership a priority.

 


 

Every Zontian is responsible for generating interest in our organization.  Please take a few minutes to review a new resource developed by our District to help in attracting and retaining members:  ZD1 Membership Manual

 

Convention photos, speeches and presentations now available

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Convention Attendees from District 1


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Speeches and presentations from Convention:

  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women | pdf
  • Caryl Stern, President and CEO, US Fund for UNICEF | PPT
  • Dr. Meena Shivdas, Gender and Development Expert | PPT | pdf
  • Cheri Fleming, President, Soroptimist International | PPT | pdf

Zonta-funded Edutainment Project in Benin City, Nigeria video
Lynn McKenzie, 2012-2014 Past International President, recently visited the Zonta-funded Edutainment Project in Benin City, Nigeria, to see how Oxfam Novib and the UN Trust Fund, in partnership with NGO Girls' Power Initiative, BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, and the Association of Positive Youths Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, are using edutainment to raise awareness of violence against women.
The video was shown at Convention.

Zonta International and UNFPA Liberia Fistula Project 2014 Update video

   

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 15:38

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Summary

This report examines the latest progress towards achieving the MDGs. It reaffirms that the MDGs have made a profound difference in people’s lives. Global poverty has been halved five years ahead of the 2015 timeframe. Ninety per cent of children in developing regions now enjoy primary education, and disparities between boys and girls in enrolment have narrowed. Remarkable gains have also been made in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis, along with improvements in all health indicators. The likelihood of a child dying before age five has been nearly cut in half over the last two decades. That means that about 17,000 children are saved every day. We also met the target of halving the proportion of people who lack access to improved sources of water.

The concerted efforts of national governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector have helped expand hope and opportunity for people around the world. But more needs to be done to accelerate progress. We need bolder and focused action where significant gaps and disparities exist.

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