Profile and Committee
Status September 2023
To recognize the commitment of young women, ages 16-19, in schools or other educational institutions in their honorary capacity for common welfare, this award was established in 1990 by Past International President Leneen Forde.
It was designed to not only honor the recipients but also to help them to find ways for their future professional career.
Since the program's inception, Zonta has given more than 1.054 awards (includes international awards), totaling US$1,303.750 to 882 young women representing 60 countries.
Young Women in Public Affairs Award | Application 2024
Update September 2023: The application documents for 2024 are published on the website of Zonta Internationa under this link | Zonta International member area | Login required!
Please note that the certificates for 2023 will be available until the end of October. The 2024 version will be posted in November 2023.
District Winners in 2023
Being one of the largest districts within ZONTA, we are happy to announce that for the first time we have been able to name two district winners, who this year are also our international winners of the YWPA award.
Congratulations to the two district 29 winners in 2023
- Pauline Ziegler from Aachen, Germany
Emiko L’Estrange from London, United Kingdom
Our 2nd winner:
- Kim Zetti from Viersen, Germany
Our 3rd winner:
- Antonia Mueller-Glunz from Muenster, Germany
Thank you for your courage, your enthusiasm, your joy!
All members of our committee have once again been impressed by the engagement of these young women, by the projects they have initiated and which they are supporting, by their perspective on women’s rights and on their situation worldwide and here in Europe.
A big Thank You is, of course, also going to those Zontians and their clubs who are continuously promoting this wonderful award by keeping in close contact with schools and the community – without their commitment, we would no longer see the applications of these wonderful young women!
Dear fellow Zontians, let’s celebrate our awardees in Le Havre – and let’s talk about the chances for our clubs and for ZONTA being offered by all of our awards and scholarships.
Susanne Wedewer-Pampus | YWPA district 29 chai
ZAC | Zonta Alumnae Connected
Nominees for all Zonta Awards and Scholarships are invited to join ZAC (Zonta Awardees Connected) - an inspiring worldwide network what meets on a regular basis.Our network is growing! So - receiving the Young Women in Public Affairs Award means to hold a ticket to all the Zonta alumnae in your hands and also one to the worldwide network of Zonta.
We all are trying our very best to find the district winner!
Our goal of course is to increase the number of clubs participating in this amazing award. We would love more clubs in all of our areas to join us and help us make the YWPA award more popular, even in these unusual times of unknown challenges.
The District 29 Young Women in Public Affairs Committee
Chair: Susanne Wedewer-Pampus | Zonta Club Leverkusen | Area 02 | Germany
- Julia Nolte | Zonta Club Niederrhein | Germany
- Monique Vernet | Zonta Club Paris | France
- Rosemarijn de Groot | Zonta Club The Hague | The Netherlands
- Alina Del Carmen Agüero Bruna | Zonta Club Madrid KM0 | Spain
- Maja Voelkel | YWPA awardee, member of ZAC | Cologne | Germany