District 18 is a global organisation of women executives and professionals
working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service
and advocacy. Members of Zonta District 18 support women and girls in their
local communities, run projects in many parts of the world that address
some of the most pressing needs facing women, and advocate on women issues
at all levels of society. Zonta District 18 has a long and well respected
history of partnership in conjunction with the United Nations agencies,
and maintains consultative status on women issues with the UN, and Council
organization has a great variety of members mainly women, who lead different
lives but share a common goal: to improve the legal, professional, political
and economic status of women throughout the world.
District 18 is an international service club, inter professional, apolitical
and non- denominational. It provides common ground for members, who have
responsible positions in business and the professions. Its members use their
abilities in the service of others through programs which promote women's
health, education and their economic, social and cultural lives.
18 has three International Service Projects and a number of permanent
scholarships supported and financed by the 1250 Zonta clubs around the
world. These projects and scholarships benefit women and children, particularly
through organizing education and training. Each club also has its own
District 18 is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), and has an advisory
position in the Economic and Social Council of UN. It has observers at the
United Nations, UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO (International Labor Organization) and
the Council of Europe. Zonta International has representatives in the United
Nations in Geneva, New York, Paris and Vienna.
18 International supports ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination
of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and of the Optional
Protocol to the Convention.
District 18 is committed to the principle that women's rights are human
rights. Membership of Zonta District 18 not only provides an opportunity
to improve the status of women; it provides fun and friendship with like-minded