Education plays a key role in advancing women, girls, and communities.
This is why the Zonta Club of Brisbane has a strong focus on fundraising so that it can provide education awards to students in high school and university. In the past 20 years it has enabled Zonta Club of Brisbane to award bursaries and prizes to more than 250 recipients.
The Education Awards are:
Zonta Education Award
Zonta Education Award
Education plays a key role in advancing women, girls, and communities. Bursaries of $500 are awarded each year to a girl in Year 10 for use in years 11 and 12 at six high schools in regions of social disadvantage.
mark Zonta’s cententary year in 2019 the Zonta Club of Brisbane established the
$5000 Advancement of Women Award to assist other women now and in the future.
This is an biennial, gender neutral award that recognises a person who, through their leadership, work or advocacy is progressing the status of women. This may be by either creating new pathways for women, facilitating women’s advancement along existing pathways, or advancing the interests of women through other endeavours in social, community, economic, academic, political or work environments.
Club aims to reward persons from a broad base. For example, the recipient could
be an administrator, scientist, teacher, business or industry leader, police
officer, community worker, fund-raiser or a pioneer in their field.
This is an biennial award with nominations opening in July and closing in September.
award is funded through the Advancement
of Women Fund set up in 2018 inaugurated with a living gift from charter member
of the Zonta Club of Brisbane, Dr Joan Godfrey OBE. This fund will grow with ongoing capital donations and
bequests from members..
Advancement of Women Award winner
is co-founder of Of One Mind, a not for profit company behind the development
of the Women of the World Festival in Australia. She was chosen as the winner
of the Advancement of Women Award in recognition of her outstanding 20-year track
record creating programs to empower women in addressing gender inequality,
engaging a wide range of communities of women in Australia and internationally
creating new pathways through art and cultural efforts including your
directorship of the WOW Festivals.
2019 Advancement of Women
Ian Gillespie, Director, RACQ Foundation and Chair of Global
Judges citation: In recognition of Ian’s work as RACQ CEO
to create new pathways for women through gender targets, HR policies around
parental leave, and a Female Mentoring program that has led, in part, to the
appointment of more women to the RACQ Board and senior management positions.
Deb Suckling, founder of label SugarRush Music
Judges citation: In recognition of Deb’s pioneering role
within the music industry in Australia supporting and empowering young women
from regional communities to create their own labels, albums and to
express their voices in songwriting.
Professor Margaret Sheil AO, Vice-Chancellor and President,
Queensland University of Technology
Judges citation: In recognition of Prof Sheil’s long and
outstanding record in creating new pathways for women in the academy and
research, including the eligibility criteria for Australian Research Council
grants, and in programs to promotie women in politics at the
University of Melbourne and Queensland University of Technology.
Funding and donations
Advancement of Women Award is funded through the Advancement of Women Fund set
up in 2018 inaugurated with a living gift from charter member of the Zonta Club
of Brisbane, Dr Joan Godfrey OBE. This fund will grow with ongoing capital
donations and bequests from members.
Jordan is currently
hosting 1.4 million Syrian refugees, nearly 10 percent of Jordan’s pre-crisis
population, which has increased competition over resources, placed additional
strain on social services and heightened community tensions in some areas with
unintended consequences, including greater restrictions on women’s mobility.
programs that provide food and unconditional cash assistance have been
instrumental in responding to the immediate humanitarian crisis, they are not
designed for long-term outcomes. As the government of Jordan opens the labour
market for refugees with work permits, targeted efforts are needed to empower
female refugees to harness income-generating activities. These efforts must
also support the government in meeting its commitment to increase overall
female participation in the workforce.
Eid bi Eid is a
multi-year initiative to support the government of Jordan to address issues of
employment and gender inequality, exacerbated by the impact of the Syrian
refugee crisis. The project began in 2015 to support the immediate needs of
refugee women and vulnerable Jordanian women affected by the crisis. The second
phase, which began in 2017, utilizes a resilience framework for achieving
gender equality and women’s empowerment goals and promotes individual and
community ability to absorb shock. This is done through the provision of
livelihoods opportunities and protection support for refugee women living in
camp and non-camp settings, as well as Jordanian women living in hosting
How Zonta helps
has committed US$1,000,000 to UN Women to improve Syrian refugee and Jordanian
women’s access to sustainable and decent employment, coupled with protection
services and community leadership/engagement, to enable greater equality and
reduced violence against women.
To find out more about our International Service Program go here
About 90 percent of
Madagascar’s population lives on less than US$2 per day, leaving children
particularly vulnerable. Aside from endemic poverty, Madagascar is prone to
natural disasters, which further impede economic growth of the agricultural
economy and make it even more difficult to escape poverty and prioritize
education for children.
More than a quarter
of Madagascar’s children are excluded from formal education, and one out of
three girls will become pregnant before the age of 18. Junior secondary school
enrolment fees are prohibitively expensive for families, forcing parents to
select one child to continue their education, often leaving girls behind.
UNICEF’s Let Us Learnis an integrated
education program that is creating opportunities for vulnerable and excluded
children, particularly girls, in Madagascar to realize their right to an
education in a secure and protective environment. The project is focused on
reaching out-of-school children, expanding girls’ education and improving
quality outcomes for learners.
Worldwide, almost 650 million women alive today were married before their 18th birthday and an estimated 280 million more girls are at risk of becoming brides. If current trends continue, the number of girls and women married as children will reach nearly 1 billion by 2030.
Child marriage is a global violation of human rights that can be found in cultures, religions, ethnicities and countries around the world. Recognizing that only a long-term strategy will ensure the desired outcomes, UNICEF and UNFPA have joined forces and formally launched a multi-country initiative to protect the rights of millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls. The program brings together governments, civil society, families and young people in a collective effort to prevent girls from marrying too young and to support those already married as girls.
To date, more than 1 million girls have been reached through life skills and school attendance support and 1.67 million individuals have been engaged in community-based behaviour change and sensitization activities.
How Zonta helps
Zonta International has committed US$2,000,000 to UNICEF USA to support the UNICEF/UNFPA Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage in 12 countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.
To read more about this exciting Zonta signature project go here
Weddell joined Zonta in 2002 and immediately demonstrated her commitment to
Zonta’s ideals through her energy and hard work. She was elected to the Board
in her first year of membership and in her brief time with the Club, charmed
everyone with her humour and zest for life. She died in February 2003, aged 41.
Cassandra was an educator and passionate advocate for the rights of children.
Cassandra Weddell Fund was largely established through two donations – $10,000 from Cassandra’s estate by her partner Michael
Drum who donated a further $12,000 in 2017. It was supplemented by further
donations and service funds raised by the Club.
In June 2017, the Cassandra Weddell Grant of $10,000 was established
with a call for project applications which fulfilled the ideals of Cassandra
Weddell in early childhood education, utilised the arts and especially served
first funding was provided in 2019 to two successful applicants:
the Children for their project Story Swags – $10,000
Tots Music Box: A Trinity Commons Project – $5,500
honour her memory and commitment, the Club also created the Cassandra Weddell
Memorial Children’s Library. The Library collection is housed at the Women’s Prison
where children up to school age are permitted to remain with their mothers. Managed
by Save the Children (Queensland), the collection is funded for on-going
expansion and maintenance through a dedicated investment account.
and book retailers have donated books to the collection and the books are
covered to ensure that their condition is preserved. Book plates acknowledging
Cassandra’s work for children are pasted on the inside front covers of the
books. The collection holds over 1000 titles.
2018-2019, $1,197.09 was donated via Save the Children to purchase musical
instruments for the prison library.