BIENNIAL GOALS FOR DISTRICT 17 2014-2016
We pledge to serve Zonta through the following mission statement:
PURPOSE - Our Purpose is to uphold our Zonta Goals.
PLEDGE - We Pledge to advance the Status of Women WorldWide.
PROACTIVE - We will be proactive in achieving our objectives.
Our PURPOSE is to uphold our Zonta Goals. Zonta International's Biennial Goals (2014-16) present the focus areas for the biennium. These are delaying early marriages, prevention of violence through education and improving women's health through their service and advocacy. All advocacy actions are in line with Zonta goals and have measurable impact. The Zonta International Board report advocacy actions according to Zonta's strategic plans at Zonta Conventions.
The campaign "Zonta says No to Violence Against Women" is further promoted and developed to achieve local, governmental and community commitment. To this aim the Zonta International Board has been canvassing the UN and the Council of Europe to promote our consultative and participatory status. Training about the UN and if applicable the Council of Europe is conducted in all districts and regions.
Furthermore another Zonta International goal that needs to be addressed is the total worldwide membership. This has been declining in recent years and on the 30th April 2012. membership was 30,511, this fell to 29,406 on the 31st December 2013. This is an alarming trend and needs to be rectified to sustain our mission goals and strategic plans. In order to combat this depreciative trend we need to decrease the number of disbandment of clubs by less than 5%, one new club of committed members is chartered per District per year.
All of these Zonta International goals will result in more public awareness through media attention which should empower women to make greater contributions to improve the general status of all women's legal, political and social conditions.
We PLEDGE to Serve Zonta, Why? What makes us so different from other Organizations? We believe that Zonta is the only International service Organization that specifically focuses on Women 's issues and the promotion of Women's human rights. Through our services and advocacy , we can promote public attention for all Women's human rights and gender equality and empower them to take command of, and decide upon their own fate.
We want to help those women who are less privileged, fortunate and empowered. We are committed to this course because we believe that Zonta International is the only organisation that can achieve this. Within the framework of our operational capacity and resources, Zonta International has the influence at both local and governmental levels to be an agent of change.
To be PROACTIVE and in accordance with District Biennial Goals (2014-16) local projects are in alignment with the approved Zonta International Goals. All Districts and Clubs should develop their own strategic goals which are adapted to local conditions and will be proactive in achieving these Objectives.
For Advocacy, we will Refocus on an end to violence against women which still remains as the priority Zonta goal. All relevant training at club level is conducted to meet needs and governor's report that more clubs participate in effective advocacy actions that have measurable impact than the previous biennium. The campaign "Zonta says No to Violence Against Women" is further promoted and developed to achieve local, governmental and community commitment.
For Membership, we must Renew our focus on increasing our members. We will target our membership to increase 12.84% which accounts for an increase of 262 members However, in the DT Budget for (2014-16) our projected revenue meant a more conservative increase of 160 members which will report the revenue of US $57,420. To tackle the issue of declining membership, those clubs that have less than 20 members must increase their membership to minimum requirements. We would like to see at least an increase of one new membership in each club for those that have already met requirements. We should encourage all Area Directors to charter 3 new clubs during our Biennium. We need to decrease the number of disbandments by less than 5% according to ZI Biennial Goals. We will achieve this by actively encouraging new membership through credibility and visibility at both local and international levels.
Lastly, for Service , we will Re-emphasize awareness of the problems of Delaying early Marriage or any like-minded projects for example Teenage pregnancy. Educational programs on preventing Violence against women and children should be introduced within districts, clubs and local communities. Services should also include improving the health of women and children. This will be achieved through the cooperation of local health authorities, hospitals and volunteer organisations which can assist in providing health related services, and education, for women on how to prevent illness, protect their children and improve their health.
In summary, to underline the ZI & District Biennial Goals, We will have Purpose, We will Pledge to serve Zonta and we will be Proactive in achieving our objectives. We as women need to unify our efforts to empower women around the world to make change. Women are endowed with massive potential through their inherent qualities of leadership, passion and commitment. Giving a voice to women so they can express themselves will advance the status of the world both socially and economically. Despite the undoubted developments in women's status around the world, we Zontians must further make changes so we can take a fuller role in the modern world.