How does the Zonta Club of Hobart provide service to its community?
The Zonta Club of Hobart provides service to women and girls in our community across a range of areas including, health, education, sexual assault, domestic violence and homelessness. It works closely with other not for profit charitable organisations including Hobart City Mission, Kennerly Homes, Engender Equality, the Migrant Resource Centre and Hobart based women's refuges.
In consultation with representatives of community groups, the Zonta Club of Hobart has identified access to affordable housing as a key issue impacting on women's lives. Whilst it is acknowledged women face many challenges such as domestic violence, sexual assault and mental illness, it is difficult to address any of these if women do not have safe and tenured accommodation. In light of this, the Club has recently decided to primarily direct its funding efforts to assisting women to move into secure housing. This includes assistance with service connections for women migrants who are assisted into accommodation by the Migrant Resource Centre.
Our Current Projects
Zonta Breast Care Cushions
The Zonta Breast Care Cushion aids recovery by allowing the women to sit, sleep and rest comfortably, as well as providing protection while walking around and when wearing seat belts.
Zonta Breast Care Cushion Project has been an endorsed service project in all Zonta Districts in Australia since 2001 and has also been adopted by Zonta Clubs around the world. It is possibly the most widely known Zonta service project in Australia.
The Zonta club of Hobart provides cushions to Calvary Hosptial and the Jane McGrath nurses.
Zonta Hobart recognises the importance of education for girls to provide them with the skills and knowledge which will enable them to achieve gender equality as they move through life both personally and professionally.
In a practical sense the Club provides scholarships for girls who do not have stable family support but have a strong commitment to complete their compulsory and further education.
The club also recognises the importance of mental health during teenage years and is committted to funding information sessions through organisations that have been formally recognised to deliver this service.
Zonta International is a powerful advocate for change in our local and international communities thereby transforming the world and the place for women in it. Our goal is gender equality by forming affiliations with like-minded organisations and having representation at decision making tables. At an international level Zonta has Consultative and Participatory status with various UN bodies. Zonta Districts in Australia provide a voice to the Australian Government. Zonta Clubs like ours identify issues affecting women and girls In our local area and provide support.
International Service Fund Projects
Every biennium, Zonta International identifies a number of international service projects.
For the 2020-2022 biennium, the projects are:
Ending child marriages
Adolescent girls' health and protection in Peru
Strengthening survivors of domestic violence in Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea
Let us Learn Madagascar: an integrated program for adolescent girls.