Zonta is women's politics

Service and advocacy have long been the pillars of Zonta’s work to make the world a better place for women and girls.

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy entails raising awareness of women’s issues to other Zontians, to the general public and to public institutions, at the international, national, regional or local levels. It also entails promoting change in social and governmental attitude towards those issues.

In the biennium 2020 - 2022 alone, Zonta International issued over fifteen advocacy statements on matters such as the feminine right to education, violence against women, human trafficking, forced and child marriage, feminine genital mutilation, climate change and women in war conflict situations.

Here you can find the statements of ZI on advocacy topics

Zonta International District 29

District 29 as a strong part of worldwide Zonta International campaigns

In furtherance of Zonta International’s goal, Zonta District 29 has been performing strong advocacy actions over the last ten years, notably in the field of the eradication of violence against women:

1. ZONTA says NO Campaign

Zonta International District 29

During the 16 Days of Activism, 25 November - 10 December every year, all Zonta clubs and districts are encouraged to take part in the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign and to take local, national and international actions to influence the making and implementation of laws, as well as changing gender-based attitudes and behaviors to end violence against women.

Tools & Tips for Zonta Clubs

2. Orange the World Campaign

Zonta International District 29This event takes place on 25 November every year, lighting in orange local landmark architecture to show support for UN Women’s campaign to eradicate violence against women. Zonta clubs advocate with local town councils to carry out this action.


Zonta says NO | Orange the world | Activities across D29 in 2023

Zonta International District 29The link to the actions of the clubs from District 29 can be found in Newsletter #16 from December 2023

District 29 video to raise awareness of gender violence

In the biennium 2020-2022, the Advocacy Committee of District 29 prepared the following video. Please feel free to use it for your advocacy actions:

3. ZI Council of Europe Committee

Updates of the tools from the 'Council of Europe' | available at Zonta International under this link (login required)

  • Zonta International and the Council of Europe
  • Zonta International and the Istanbul Convention
  • Zonta International and the Anti-Trafficking Convention

4. UN Commission on the Status of Women | CWS67 | 6 to 17 March 2023

Read more here...

Aims of the D29 Advocacy Committee

We encourage all clubs in District 29 to carry out advocacy actions in support of Zonta International’s mission and values.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your local club or the District’s advocacy committee if:

  • You would like guidance or support to prepare or conduct an advocacy action
  • You would like specific tools for an advocacy action
  • You would like to report an advocacy action carried out in your club

The D29 Legislative & Advocacy Committee

Zonta International District 29 | Foto: privateChair: Ingeborg Koutses | ZC Dortmund | Area 05

Contact: Legislative-and-Advocacy@zonta-district29.org


  • Josette Bourcier |  ZC SABLES D'OLONNE | Area 01
  • Ines M. Chamarro Storms  | MADRID KM 0 | Area 01
  • Elena Sbenghea | ZC ROND DE REEST | Area 04