Celebrations

55th Zonta District 4 Conference – Niagara Falls, Ontario

Janet Penny enjoyed an extensive weekend representing our club during the September 21 -24th conference. A focus on ADVOCACY gave our members insight and awareness into recent developments regarding CEDAW – The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women. CEDAW is an international agreement addressing human rights of women and girls which was adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 1979 and came into force in 1981. It provides a complete definition of discrimination and legally binds all parties that sign and ratify. It is interesting to note that seven UN member States have not ratified or acceded: Iran, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Palau, Tonga and surprisingly the United States. Obligations include: end all forms of discrimination against women; incorporate equality in the legal system, end discriminatory laws and adopt laws promoting gender equality; establish institutions to ensure effective protection of women; ensure private persons, groups and enterprises promote and protect women’s rights.
CEDAW in Canada: The Canadian Government accepted 34 of the 38 UN recommendations but unfortunately disagreed with the UN report that Canada has committed a “grave violation” of rights to aboriginal women by failing to promptly and thoroughly investigate the high levels of violence they suffer including disappearances and murders. Decades of government changes and cuts have eroded women’s rights under CEDAW in Canada. Our country has fallen from 1st to 25th place on the UN Gender Inequality Index. There is much work to be done.

 

63rd Zonta International Convention – Nice, France

Virginia Vickers (centre) with Karin Eckart (Hamilton I) and Cairinne Coulis Brown (Niagara Falls, ON).

Virginia Vickers (right) with Karin Eckart (Hamilton I) and Cairinne Coulis Brown (Niagara Falls, ON).

Club delegate Virginia Vickers was one of more than 2,000 Zontians attending the 63rd Zonta International Convention Nice, France 2 – 6 July 2016. The theme – Empowering Women – TOGETHER! – could be felt throughout the Acropolis Convention Center as attendees reconnected with friends from across the globe, engaged in stimulating workshops and celebrated the rich history and bright future of Zonta International.

 

 

 

 

54th Zonta District 4 Conference – Waterloo, Ontario

d4conf2015From September 25th to 27th, 2015, Zonta Club of St. Catharines delegate Janet Penny took part in important elections, committee and area reports. Much discussion and sharing of ideas ensued that will impact our district clubs from 2016 to 2018. We are delighted that a very successful Birthing Kit project will continue as a District 4 service project.

 

62nd Zonta International Convention – Orlando, Florida

After much hard work, Zonta Club of St. Catharines delegate Virginia enjoyed a Disney treat. It wouldn't be a Florida Convention without Mickey.

After much hard work, Zonta Club of St. Catharines delegate Virginia enjoyed a Disney treat. It wouldn’t be a Florida Convention without Mickey.

In June 2014, Zontians united internationally to foster high ethical standards, to implement service programs, and to provide mutual support and fellowship for members who serve their communities, their nations, and the world. Going to a convention ensures you will always meet new friends, have a great sightseeing adventure and time to relax. On the business end, members take part in elections, make important decisions regarding club bylaws and resolutions, attend informative workshops and learn about Zonta’s important service objectives for the next two years. Zonta International and ZISVAW services projects for this biennium include:
– Eliminating Obstetric Fistula in Liberia
– HIV Free Generation in Rwanda
– Gender Responsive Schools in Vietnam
– Delaying Early Marriage in Niger
– Voices against Violence in 12 Countries
With the theme engaging and informing every member about local and international service projects, participants were stoked to share these experiences with their club and in turn motivate and empower their fellow members. Let’s go Zontians….power together makes change.

 

53rd Zonta District 4 Conference – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Virginia, Katherine and Margo abandoned their business attire to join the Orange Army! Over 100 Zontians marched to raise awareness of the need to eradicate violence against women.

Virginia, Katherine and Margo abandoned their business attire to join the Orange Army! Over 100 Zontians marched to raise awareness of the need to eradicate violence against women.

Three members of the Zonta Club of St. Catharines attended the District 4 Conference from Sept. 27th to the 29th, 2013.  Members from 39 clubs from Ontario, New York State and Pennsylvania gathered to discuss and make decisions on the organization’s future path. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet outstanding women from both sides of the boarder as well as enjoy the sights and sounds of Pittsburgh.

 

 

61st Zonta International  Convention – Torino, Italy

Zonta International Convention in Torino, Italy July 2012Four of the members of the Zonta Club of St. Catharines attended the 61st Zonta International Convention in Torino, Italy from July 7th through the 12th, 2012.  The convention brings together members from clubs around the world, both new and old.  These conventions are an opportunity to meet new people and hear new ideas as well as renewing old friendships.

The convention was exciting as a new international board was elected and many bylaws and resolutions were discussed and passed.  The members hope that the work we do at the Conventions will keep Zonta more relevant than ever.  I think that the most exciting were the resolutions addressing a new phenomena, E-clubs.  As our home club now has a website, the concept of E–clubs is so very relevant.  We encourage people, both members and non-members, to check out Zonta International for more information detailing Zonta’s work, locally and internationally.