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ZONTA Empowers
Women & Girls

A service organisation in the City of London dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls through service and advocacy

Welcome to Zonta - City of London

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President's Welcome Message:

As a proud Zontian for over a decade, I am one of almost 30,000 women and men all over the world in 63 countries who volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects and advocate for women and girls' human rights. 


Our members are executives and professionals from across sectors who come together to make an impact on the lives of women and girls in our local community.  Our work in London impacts real people in a very tangible way - from mentoring girls in disadvantaged communities - to teaching skills workshops to vulnerable young women who became homeless as a result of violence - to fundraising for charities that are core to our mission. 


In addition to supporting others, we support each other. Building meaningful connections and friendships is core to who we are as people and Zontians.  In my personal experience, I have met many inspirational women and men from all over the world and developed invaluable lifelong friendships.  


Prospective members and supporters are welcome to join one of our monthly meet-ups or message me directly to find out more.


Warm regards,  


Kathleen Versland |  President, Zonta Club of the City of London

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"TECH Without Barriers" programme for underprivileged girls in London launched!

9 October 2019


Zonta Club City of London proudly announces that our new “Tech Without Barriers” programme launched this week, in partnership with Oasis Academy Southbank. It aims to give underprivileged girls in London the opportunity to take a step towards an exciting and rewarding career in technology. 


The first seven-week enrichment programme will introduce a group of year eleven students to app design using design thinking techniques. Featuring motivational speakers and workshops, the programme also includes an inspirational visit to IBM iX’s London offices to see design thinking in action. 


Watch this space for more news. 

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We are developing a NEW Young Women in Technology Programme

20 August 2019


We are very excited about this project!  It is in it's design phase, but below are some highlights:

  • We want to encourage girls and young women from disadvantaged backgrounds in London to enter the STEM fields 
  • We are working in partnership with Oasis Community Learning Trust in London to develop a pilot programme help girls build confidence, understand that they have an option for a career in STEM and support them in their development journey. 


  • The programme will likely include: 
    • inspirational female speakers & role models
    • mentoring
    • workshops
    • internships / work experience
    • scholarships 
    • College / University Mentoring 


Watch this space!

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Jane Walker MBE - CEO of Purple Community Fund speaks at meet up

24 June 2019


Jane Walker MBE - Founder & CEO of the Purple Community Fund joined Zonta's Monthly Meet Up in London before returning back to the Phillipines on a flight the same night! 


She shared her incredibly inspiring story of the start of the Purple Community Fund and the impact it has made on Women and Children's lives across the Philippines.  Her work also extends beyond it's original location into the UK and other Global locations because of the successful impact they have made. 


Jane also has an amazing TedTalk which is a must see that tells her story! 


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Zonta Hosts Charity Party in London with Anthea Turner

14 May 2019


Over 50 people gathered to support Zonta City of London's charity of the year - Oasis Community Housing's No. 3 Project in Peckham.  The No. 3 project is a 2 year residential programme for vulnerable young women from the ages 16-25 who are experiencing homelessness through violence or other circumstances outside their control that puts them at risk.   


We were joined by the Anthea Turner, who is the No. 3 Project's Patron.  Incredible stories of resilience were shared through a former project resident and Oasis Community Housing's CEP David Smith shared the incredible success story of this project and how many young women it has helped. 


We raised over £1,200 for the project and raised awareness of the important support of young women happening at Oasis No. 3. 

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Zonta City of London participates at United Nations CSW63 in NYC

15 March 2019


Over 120 Zontians from all over the world gathered in New York City at the United Nations 63rd Commission on the Status of Women from 10 - 22 March 2019.  Zonta London City President, Kathleen Versland and Board Member Jacqueline Abbott-Deane were two of the representatives for Zonta International.  CSW63 is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.


At the CSW, NGOs - like Zonta - are instrumental in promoting women's rights, documenting the reality of women's lives throughout the world and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women. 




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Our Christmas Campaign was a Success...Thank you!

4 Jan 2019

Our Christmas Slipper Campaign for the young women residents at the Oasis No. 3 project exceeded our expectations and we raised enough money to provide all residents with slippers as Christmas presents and raised an additional £650 from people who were inspired by the project - which will go towards vital programmes to support the work at No. 3 and their residents.  


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UK's Leading Female Fintech CEO Speaks at Oct Meet-up

15 Oct 2018

Joanne Smith, UK's Leading Female Fintech CEO of RecordSure and TCC joins Zonta as our guest speaker sharing stories about her road to success and being a female in a male dominated industry.


With contributions from the evening, we raised £275 for our No. 3 Project - helping vulnerable homeless young women in Peckham London. 

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Why do we need your help?

Here, in the United Kingdom


Approx. 85,000 women are raped and over 400,000 women are sexually assaulted every year.


Only 1.9% of reported rapes each year reach prosecution 


1 in 5 children are victims of or witness domestic abuse with devastating and long term impact


Over 137,000 women and girls live with FGM 


60,000 girls are currently at risk of FGM, with infant victims on the rise


There has only been one conviction of FGM in the UK, to date. 


There are least 136,000 modern slaves, of which over 70% are estimated to be women and girls 


Over 1,400 suspected cases of forced child marriage in 2016 supported the Home Office’s Forced Marriage Unit 



Sources: MoJ, Home Office, ONS, 2013; Women's Aid UK; MP Nick Thomas-Symonds: City University, 2015; National FGM Centre UK global slavery Index; UK HO Forced Marriage Unit Statistics 2017; UK HO 2017


Our Trusted Partners

Local London Partner

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Zonta City of London has selected Oasis Community Housing's local Peckham project, No 3, to be our local charity partner and service project.  


No. 3 is a high support accommodation project for vulnerable and homeless young women starting at the age of 16.  These young women arrive at No. 3 through circumstances such as abuse or being in and out of the care system.


We support the No. 3 project in several ways, including fundraising, teaching skills workshops for the residents and donating essential supplies.  

International Partner

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Girls Not Brides is a global partner with Zonta and we raise funds to support the work of this charity internationally. 


Worldwide, 280 million young 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.


Girls Not Brides is a global partner with Zonta and we raise funds to support the work of this charity internationally. 

International Partner

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Zonta International was granted General Consultative Status to the United Nations (UN) in 1969.  Of the 5,277 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with consultative status at the United Nations, only 134 have General Consultative Status, the highest status an NGO can have at the UN. 


As an NGO with General Consultative Status, Zonta International is invited to participate in the annual Commission on the Status of Women in New York.