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Zonta International is a leading global NGO founded 100 years ago in 1919 that has over 29,000 members in 63 countries working together to improve the lives of women and girls through service and advocacy.
Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights, and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.
In the UK we are proud to have three Zonta Clubs that work internationally and with the local community to achieve Zonta's mission.
In addition to her successful career as an Actress, TV & Radio presenter and author, Anthea is the Patron of Oasis Community Housing's No 3 Project.
We are thrilled to have Anthea joining us on this important evening to share her stories working with disadvantaged young women and her role as Patron of the No 3 Project.
We are proud to announce Lesley Abdela as the recipient of this important award.
Lesley Julia Abdela MBE is a British expert on women's rights and representation. She has worked as an adviser in 40 different countries to governments and IGOs, NGOs and the European Commission. She is also a broadcaster and women's rights campaigner.
Lea is Head of Content at Zena Media. She has spent over a decade producing videos for some of the world's biggest broadcasters and brands.
70% of profit from the Gala will go to the No. 3 Project
Far too many young girls and women face a childhood in and out of the care system or in abusive relationships with boyfriends, partners or parents. Many end up homeless, sleeping rough or in hostels. Drug and alcohol addiction and even prostitution can become commonplace. Many also experience depression and mental ill-health.
Since opening its doors in 1990 the No.3 Project in Southwark has successfully supported hundreds of young women aged between 16 and 25 who have had these kind of life experiences. No. 3 offers accommodation and 24 hour support in a large house is a home to 16 young women who generally stay in the programme from 12-24 months as they build towards independent living.
30% of profit from the Gala will go to Girls Not Brides
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.
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.
Zonta also supports the global charity Girls Not Brides by fundraising to support global initiatives.
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