Link to United Nations Human Rights Day: December 10
Link to List of Services
Zonta International is committed to providing educational opportunites that lifts girls out of poverty and violence.
Link to Story
Link to: The Capital Times Looks at the Victims of Human Trafficking in Madison
Link to Slave Free Madison
Zonta International has worked with UNFPA (UN Population Fund) to reduce early marriage andearly pregnancy in Niger since 2014. The program is intended to provide teenage girls in Niger with new skills, health knowledge, and social and economic empowerment. Zonta International contributed 1 million US Dollars to UNFPA from 2014 to 2016 to support efforts to reduce early marriage and early pregnancy in Niger. An additional US$1 million has been dedicated to this project for the 2016-2018 Biennium. This contribution will reach an additional 11,000 adolescent girls.
Link to Story
Service and Advocacy Projects
Link to Legislative Bills
Advocacy - International Women’s Day - March 8
Zonta Club of Madison sponsors three annual events every March around International Women’s Day on March 8. This includes Advocacy training, visits with legislators and a Community Dinner Celebration
Advocacy Link: http://zontamadison.org/advocacy
Zonta International Addresses Human Trafficking in Nepal
Zonta has committed US $1 million to UN Women from 2016 to 2018 to create sustainable foundations for addressing the nexus between human trafficking and foreign labor migration of women and girls in Nepal.
Link to Story
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DAIS and Zonta Volunteers Harvest Garden Vegetables
Zonta Service Committee members and DAIS volunteer gather
vegetables for DAIS dinners.
2017 Zonta District 6 Conference in Madison
Zonta District 6 Members from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin attend conference in Madison on October 13-15, 2017.
October - Domestic Abuse Awareness Month
Madison 2017 Purple Ribbon Walk - Names of the 56 DV Victims from 2016
Madison Zontians at Purple Ribbon Walk and Thank You Thrivent Financial
SlaveFree Madison Film Screening - November 19
Vicki Carman Brown, Past President, Zonta Club of Devonport, Tazmania
On July 27, four club members met downtown with a Zontian from Austrialia. They enjoyed lunch on the square, then toured the State Capitol. Vicki shared her club's annual report and presented us with a lovely autographed book about Tazmania. Be sure to look for it at the August meeting! From left: Laura Curtiss, Vicki Carman Brown, Kathi Vos, Sylvia Poppelbaum and Nancy McCulley.
DAIS Third Year Anniversary Open House
Madison Zontian Kathi Vos and DAIS Executive Director Shannan Barry at Open House
Zonta members got together on Monday, June 12 for the annual Mix & Mingle in the Rose Garden Event. It was held again this year at the beautiful home and garden of member Sherry Klinkner. A relaxing time for members to visit with each other while enjoying delicious food and wine.
Zonta Member JoAnn Gruber Hagen Wins 2017
YWCA Leadership Award
|JoAnn Gruber-Hagen was presented with a 2017 YWCA Women of Distinction Leadership Award on May 23 at Monona Terrace. She is the founder of SlaveFree Madison, a coalition affiliated with the Zonta Club of Madison that raises awareness about human trafficking and mobilizes community actions to eliminate it. Her leadership on anti-human trafficking legislation has changed state policy and practice. As Zonta’s Advocacy Chair, she’s built strategic partnerships to address pressing women’s issues. She has empowered women and girls through advocacy training on issues related to women’s health, sexual assault, domestic violence and women’s economic security, and organized legislative visits at the Capitol. As a mentor and tireless advocate, JoAnn’s encore career volunteer contributions have made a significant difference. |
About SlaveFree Madison - SlaveFree Madison (affiliated with Zonta Club of Madison) is a Madison area coalition that raises awareness about local and global human trafficking and motivates the community towards actions to eliminate it. We bridge knowledge with action. Our focus is local. Our awareness is global.
Members of Zonta Club of Madison and SlaveFree Madison celebrate JoAnn Gruber-Hagen’s award
2017-18 Zonta Officers
Zonta Club Madison Officers: Deborah Thompson, Pat Harrington, Marge Hamann, Sandra Anderson, Kathi Vos, Sheila McGraw, Laura Curtiss and Zonta District 6 Governor, Tamara Hagen.
2017 Young Women in Public Affairs
Scholarship Award Winner
Scholarship recipient Chloe Stoddard with Pam Duane, Scholarship Committee Chair.
The Zonta Club of Madison has awarded the 2017 Young Women in Public Affairs Award of $500 to Chloe Stoddard of Oregon, WI. The scholarship is aimed at pre-university or pre-college students (ages 16-19). Chloe is a 2016 graduate of Oregon High School. During the past year, she took a Global Citizen Year and served as a volunteer teacher in Maharashtra, India where she lived with an Indian host family and immersed herself in the culture.
Chloe will be attending Stanford University this fall where she plans to major in International Relations and minor in Spanish and Classical Studies or Arabic. In the future, she would like to join the Peace Corps to work in Latin America and attend law school to study Human Rights and Immigration Law. We are proud to make the award to Chloe and wish her all the best in the future.
About the Young Women in Public Affairs Award
The Award is designed to encourage more young women to participate in Public Affairs and Political Life. Applicants must show their active commitment to volunteerism and provide evidence of their volunteer leadership achievements, as well as their dedication to advancing the status of women worldwide.
Zontian Fatou Ceesay Wins Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Award
Fatou with keynote speaker Martin Schreiber, former Wisconsin Governor, author, advocate,
and family caretaker
Friends and family members of Fatou Ceesay at Award ceremony
Zonta member Fatou Ceesay, owner/operator of Cairasu Home Care was recognized by the South Central Alzheimer’s Association on May 9 for her significant work in impacting legislation and services that benefit others. She servies as an Alzheimer’s Ambassador to Congressman Mark Pocan. With Fatou’s help, Congressman Pocan has become a partner in the Alzheimer’s cause by signing onto proposed legislation which will have a positive effect on people living with dementia and their care partners. Fatou has served as a key volunteer and board member for the South Central Wisconsin chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association she has increased the advocacy efforts on both the federal and local awareness. Fatou moved to Madison from Gambia, West Africa to join her family and attended Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Beautiful May Baskets for Seniors
Thank you to Zonta Volunteers: Annette Knapstein, Nancy McCulley, Katherine Dellenbach, Jody Alston, Sonya Lindquist, Nancy Abraham, Pam Duane and Michele Vosberg
In a partnership with the West Madison Senior Center and the East Madison/Monona Coalition of the Aging, Zonta of Madison has provided 30 deserving senior women with May Baskets. Our goals were simple, to brighten up their spring and show them how much Zonta women care. On April 22, 2017 nine women gathered to assemble the baskets which included items such as kitchen towels, washcloths, potholders, body wash, lotion, notecards, stamps, silk flowers, and of course, chocolate! This is the second year Zonta has created May Baskets and the Service Committee plans to do them again in 2018.