Zonta International Projects

A full coverage of the Zonta International Projects can be found on the ZI website. http://www.zonta.org/WhatWeDo/InternationalPrograms.aspx

International Service Projects

  1. Liberian fistula project
  2. Rwanda’s elimination of new paediatric HIV infection and Prevention and response to survivors’ of domestic and gender based violence

ZISVAW Projects (Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women)

  1. Safe Cities for Women project in Honduras
  2. Empowering Women in Rural Samoa to Combat Violence
  3. Edutainment for a World Free of Violence Against Women – Targeting in Year 1 – Bangladesh and Nigeria, and Year 2 – Afghanistan, Cambodia, Egypt, Mali, Niger, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Vietnam

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Liberia Fistula Program  

As you may know, a fistula is a hole between the bladder or colon and vagina after severe or failed childbirth, when adequate medical care is not available causing continual and uncontrollable leakage of body waste.  600 – 1000 new cases in Liberia every year – also caused though sexual violence, female genital mutilation, early marriage, or malpractice.

Goals

  1. Prevent fistula from occurring though better birthing attendants and facilities
  2. Treat existing cases with surgery
  3. Rehabilitate fistula survivors
  4. Support women with inoperable cases

Elimination of new paediatric HIV infection, and prevention and response to survivors of domestic and gender based violence in Rwanda

2010 3% of population was HIV positive, yet only 48% of young girls knew how HIV is transmitted.  An estimated 19,000 children were living with HIV.

Goals

  1. Supporting successful programs to reduce HIV transmission to 2%
  2. Support government policy and project development and increase the services available for survivors of violence.

End violence against women in 12 target countries through edutainment projects for social change

Edutainment – Mass communication of positive and locally relevant message to transform the myth that violence against women is “normal” and “inevitable”.  (TV, radio, music videos, computer games, comic books, street theatre, social media, talk and reality shows and film)

Goals

  1. Change behaviours, norms and attitudes about violence against women
  2. Increase awareness of the prevalence of violence against women and empower 250,000 people to speak out
  3. Change perceptions of men and women about normal and healthy relationships
  4. Assist survivors to know their rights and access support services.

 Safe Cities for women in Honduras

Many face sexual assault or harassment on streets, public transport or in their own neighbourhoods.

Goals

  1. Raise public awareness on the rights of women to live without violence.
  2. Raise awareness of the violence that is currently experienced.
  3. Raise awareness of the immediate and long term effects of this inequality.
  4. Promote women’s active citizenship and civil society organisations – recover public spaces for women, children and communities.

Empowering Women in Rural Samoa to Combat Violence

Goals

  1.  advocacy (violence is not normal or OK),
  2. support (networks and workshops), and
  3. livelihood training (address women’s lack of economic independence in rural  villages)

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