Women's Groups 2013 - Zonta International

Zonta International

Purpose of the group

The Zonta Clubs in Western Australia were set up under the umbrella of Zonta International, a global organisation of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta International envisions a world where women’s rights are recognised as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, every woman is literate and has access to education, health care, legal and economic resources on an equal basis with men. No woman lives in fear of violence.

The main objectives of Zonta International are:

  • To improve the legal, political, economic, education, health and professional status of women at the global and local level through service and advocacy.
  • To advance understanding, goodwill and peace through fellowship of executives in business and professions.
  • To promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
  • To be united internationally to foster high ethical standards, implement service programs and provide mutual support and fellowship for members who serve their communities, nations and the world.

Time period

Zonta International was founded in 1919 in the US. On 5 April 1972, the Zonta Club of Perth became the first club to be chartered in WA. In 2012 the City of Perth hosted a special reception at Council House to celebrate the clubs 40th anniversary.  Many original charter members and current and former Zontians attended this event.

There are currently six active Zonta clubs in WA.  Zonta Club of Perth (1972), Zonta Club of Perth Northern Suburbs (1981), the Zonta Club of Bunbury (1988), the Zonta Club of Dunsborough (1991), the Zonta Club of Peel (1993) and Zonta Club of Swan Hills (1999). In addition, two other clubs were established and have closed: the Zonta Club of South of Perth (1979-1993), and the Zonta Club of Darling Ranges (1984-1997).

The six active clubs in WA were joined by the first Golden Z Club for university students that was established at St Catherine's College, University of Western Australia in 2013.

Key achievements

Clubs support a range of service and award programs both overseas and in Australia.  Current Zonta International projects include reducing obstetric fistula in Liberia, preventing mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS in Rwanda, creating safer cities in Honduras, empowering women to combat violence in Samoa and using mass communication edutainment to reduce violence against women in 11 countries in Asia and Africa.

Clubs actively collate simple birthing kits consisting of basic equipment to enable women in developing countries to give birth in a clean environment and over 1 million of these kits have now been distributed by clubs throughout Australia.  Clubs also make breast care cushions to give comfort to women (and men) recovering from breast surgery.

The International Amelia Earhart Fellowships help women study PhD’s in aerospace related science or engineering; the Jane M Klausman Scholarships help women pursue degrees in business and the Young Women in Public Affairs Awards help high school students take an interest in public policy.  Clubs also offer a range of scholarships and grants at a local level to help women further their education.

All clubs advocate for women through adopting the Zonta Says No to violence campaign. At a local level, the Zonta House Refuge, established in 1984 by the now defunct Zonta Club of South of Perth has provided refuge to thousands of women escaping domestic violence and helped them rebuild their lives through a range of programs.  All clubs continue to contribute to Zonta House and other refuges in WA by regularly collecting toiletries, clothing and furniture. Recently, Perth Northern Suburbs Duck Auction featured ducks painted by local artists and funds raised supported camps for families that had suffered domestic violence.

Many clubs have signature events to raise funds including the Perth Club’s Art Shows throughout the 1980-90s where the interest earned on funds raised is used in perpetuity to fund holidays for disadvantaged families in need.   The Zonta Club of Peel’s Golf Days, Dunsborough’s Melbourne Cup lunches, Swan Hills Hot February nights, Bunbury’s Afternoons in the Park and Perth Northern Suburbs’ Amelia Earhart dinners have all been regular events in local social calendars.  

Key people and positions in the group

  • All clubs in WA form Area 3 in District 23 of Zonta International. District 23 includes Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. The current (2012-2014) Area 3 Director is Carole Theobald
  • Current (2012-13) club presidents are Larraine McLean (Zonta Club of Perth), Letitia Depiazzi (Zonta Club of Perth Northern Suburbs), Livia Sossi (Zonta Club of Peel), Jane Moulden (Zonta Club of Dunsborough), Nan Martella (Zonta Club of Bunbury), Dee Saunders (Zonta Club of Swan Hills)
  • There have been many high-profile members of various clubs such as 2009 West Australian of the Year Penny Flett and Independent Living Centre founder Freda Jacob, educationalist Barbara Hale, nurse and magistrate Beryl Grant.


Article Index
Women's Groups 2013
Abortion Law Repeal Association/Association for the Legal Right to Abortion (ALRA)
American Women's Club of Perth (AWC)
Association of Civilian Widows of WA Inc
Australian College of Midwives WA Branch (ACM)
Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA)
Beta Sigma Phi
Business and Professional Women Western Australia (BPW)
Catholic Women’s League of Western Australia (Inc)
Chrysalis House Women's Refuge
Cine-Matrix: Women in Film and Television WA
Cockburn Women’s Peace Camp
Combined Equal Pay Committee/WA Council for Equal Pay and Opportunity
Community Midwifery WA
Country Women’s Association (CWA)
Domestic Violence Action Group (Geraldton)
Emily’s List
Equal Opportunity Law Reform Coalition
Fremantle Women’s Health Centre (FWHC)
Girl Guides WA
Graduate Women Western Australia (GWWA)/Australian Federation of University Women (AFUW) Western Australia
Grapevine/Perth Wimmin’s Collective
Gretel Club of Perth (Inc)
Harvest Guild
Incest Survivors Association (Inc.)
Inner Wheel Australia
Inside Out Project
Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre
Kalgoorlie Auxiliary of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Karrakatta Club
Labor Women’s Association
Lespar Library
Living Child Inc.—Safe Village Births
Lutheran Women WA
Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre
Mining Mums
Modern Women's Club
Mothers’ Union Australia
Movement for the Ordination of Women
Muslim Women’s Support Centre of WA (Inc)
National Council of Women of Western Australia (previously known as West Australian National Council of Women and Western Australian National Council of Women)
National Council of Jewish Women of Australia—WA section (NCJWA)
Nintirri Centre
Older Women’s Network (OWN WA)
Penguin Club
Perth Ionian Club
Polyhymnia Reading Group
Rape Crisis Line
Rural Remote Regional Women’s Network (RRR)
Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)
Sibyl/University of Western Australia Student Guild Women’s Collective
Society of Women Writers WA
Soroptimist International of Western Australia
Starick Services Inc
Status of Women Committee WA—Australian Labor Party
Tradeswomen on the Move
UN Women Australia (formerly UNIFEM Australia)—Perth Chapter Young UN Women Perth Chapter
Union of Australian Women—WA Branch
V.I.E.W. Western Australia
West Australian Women’s Society of Fine Arts and Crafts
War Widows’ Guild
Warrawee Women’s Refuge
Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL)
West Australian Housewives’ Association (Inc)
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Women in Media
Women’s Information Referral Exchange (WIRE)
Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of Western Australia
Women in Education Coalition
Women in Mining WA (WIMWA)
Women in Sailing (WIS)
Women in Sport Committee of the Western Australian Sports Council
Women in Technology WA (Inc) (WiTWA)
Women Lawyers of Western Australia (Inc) (WLWA)
Women with Disabilities WA Inc (WWDWA)
Women’s Action Alliance (WAA)
Women’s Advisory Council (WAC)
Women’s Broadcasting Cooperative
Women’s Committee of State School Teachers’ Union WA Executive
Women's Committee of the Waterside Workers Federation
Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA)/Women’s Refuge Group of WA (WRG)
Women’s Health and Family Services/Women’s Health Care House/Perth Women’s Centre/Women’s Health Service
Women’s Information Service (WIS)
Women’s Interest Network
Women in Engineering WA (WIE WA)
Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO)
Women’s Liberation
Women’s Service Guilds
Women’s Studies Group
Yanay Yanma
YWCA of Perth
Zonta International
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