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Foundation Ambassador, Bonnie McArthur
Zonta International Foundation Report December 2016

Foundation Ambassador, Bonnie McArthur
Zonta International Foundation Report October 2016

Reminder:  Don't forget about the 16 days campaign to end violence against women (End VAW), aka UN's Orange the World.  Read more about the ZISVAW program!


 

       Fall Conference 2015 International Foundation Presentations and Information

2015 Fall Conference ZIF Presentation

Courage!  Stepping Up to Zonta Leadership

List of individuals who made donations to the Zonta International Foundation at the October 16 & 17, 2015 Fall Conference held in Grand Rapids, MI.  
                     
     August 2015 Zonta International Foundation News
 

Here is an update on the current international service project to delay early marriage in Niger, where the legal age for girls to marry is 14.  Many brides are even younger.

Update on Delaying Early Marriage in Niger
After the pilot phase assessment workshop in June 2014, preparations for Cycle One Scale-up began. It was necessary to recruit adolescent girls and identify safe spaces. Regional workshops were then organized for mentors, trainers and community facilitators and used as a tool to recruit program staff. The following results were achieved:

Regional workshops and recruitment

• 5 workshops were held across the country to share the results of the pilot phase with the participants and present how the first year of scaling-up will be implemented;
• 127 safe places selected;
• 122 mentors and 21 community facilitators recruited.

Trainings 

• 15 trainers and 5 regional supervisors trained;
• Mentors’ guide and community facilitator guide finalized;
• Reporting tools and recruitment techniques finalized;
• 12 trainers and 127 facilitatorsreceived literacy training


Recruitment of adolescents

• More than 10,000 adolescent girls in 7 of 8 regions of the country recruited 
• Begin year two project activities in August 2015, which will reach 16,000-20,000 girls.
• Create a multimedia package highlighting the adolescent girls who say “NO” to early marriage
• 127 safe spaces established.


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STUDY RESULTS

A post-cycle survey found:

• A high proportion of married adolescents are an average age of 14;

• The measurement of all indicators that contribute to the confidence of adolescents shows heavy dependence on parents and husbands. Men decide for them;

• Adolescents and their communities justify early marriage for social protection, social honor or religious reasons;

• Findings reveal that as adolescents age, they tend to stand up for their beliefs and voice their opinions about marriage;

• The vast majority of adolescents are not gainfully employed. Opportunities decrease with age and marriage for the minority of adolescents who work.

SITE VISIT

After a visit to program sites in Mirriah and Magaria and a study tour of UNFPA Headquarters and Population Council, the following action items emerged:

• Prepare girls to live independently, including access to a savings account;

• Establish a married girls club to create a bond and social network between the girls;

• Improve the program content;

• Diversify implementing partners with a regional distribution.

Begin year two project activities in August 2015, which will reach 16,000-20,000 girls.

• Create a multimedia package highlighting the adolescent girls who say “NO” to early marriage

• Continue community dialogue on the rights of adolescent girls, their value to communities, and the dangers and losses associated with denying girls their rights.

• Continue rigorous monitoring and processing evaluation to document successes and challenges in the implementation.

• Provide literacy and numeracy training, including financial literacy, in a safe place.

• Give girls assets, such as identification documents, that are important prerequisites for citizenship and leadership.

• Use data to guide decisions on investing in regions and communities with the highest concentrations of the youngest populations at the greatest risk of poor outcomes as indicated by the latest Demographic and Health Survey and the 2012 Census.

• Continue community dialogue on the rights of adolescent girls, their value to communities, and the dangers and losses associated with denying girls their rights.

• Continue rigorous monitoring and processing evaluation to document successes and challenges in the implementation.

• Complete an endline study to collect data on girls recruited to the program and measure the added value and impact of the initiative. 

November 2014
Zonta Int'l Foundation News 


Congratulations District 15!  We raised $5,453.00 in individual donations to the Zonta International Foundation at the District 15 Conference in Gaylord.

Thank you to our 2014 Fall Conference donors.

Click here see the list of donors.

Honored at the 2014 Orlando Convention:  District 15--100% of 40 clubs donated to the Zonta International Foundation during the 2012-2014 biennium.  Eight district 15 clubs also received Certificate of Appreciation for having 100% of their members make individual donations to the Foundation.  Those clubs are:  Detroit I, Detroit II, Marquette Area, Metro Detroit, Pontiac North-Oakland, Sault Ste. Marie Area, Troy-South-Oakland and Windsor-Essex. In addition, 32% of District 15 Zontians made individual donations, many more than once.  

Total donated to Zonta International Foundation for the 2012-2014 biennium by District 15 clubs and individuals is: $143,122.31.  

Thank you so much for your support of the international service and education program that help women throughout the world.

New  ZISVAW Project

Do you remember yourself at eight or nine years old?  Were you riding your bike to the park or to visit friends? Or going to Girl Scout meetings?   I remember reading Nancy Drew mysteries and imagining myself as a clever detective.  Something I wasn’t doing, and I’ll bet you weren’t either, was getting ready for my wedding!

Forced marriages, especially forced marriages of young girls, is the worst kind of violence against women.  Perhaps you remember being horrified at the death of nine-year-old Indian girl as a result of her wedding night. It is hard to imagine a life where you can be expected to be married off to someone you would never choose, even at a very young age, to help your family financially. 

Once again, Zonta takes on time-honored traditions in some cultures that damage and even kill women.  One of the 2014-2016 ZISVAW (Zonta International Strategies to end Violence Against Women) Projects is “Delaying early marriage in Niger.”  Zonta has committed $1,000,000 to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to reduce early marriage and early pregnancy in Niger.  This country with the highest child marriage rate, with 75% of girls married by 18 and 36% by 15.

This is one of two 2014-2016 Biennium ZISVAW projects.  You can read more about this projects and our other international and Zisvaw projects on www.zonta.org.  As always, your contributions help women and girls who need help now.


Zonta and UNFPA Respond to Crisis in Liberia

Ebola has reached epidemic proportions in many West African countries.  Ebola is a life-threatening contagious disease. Liberia, where Zonta is partnering with UNFPA to eliminate obstetric fistula, is especially hard hit.  The President of Liberia has declared a state of emergency and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has asked all partners to suspend other activities to support the national response to the Ebola outbreak.

Consequently, Phebe hospital in Bong County has been temporarily closed due to the high risk of exposure to Ebola in Bong County.  The 34 fistula survivors who were at the rehabilitation center there have been sent back to their counties of origin with the help of UNFPA and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

The planned activities for the Liberia Fistula project have slowed greatly in order to respond to the national emergency of Ebola.  Once the crisis has passed, the rehabilitation center at Phebe hospital will continue to empower fistula survivors.

In the meantime, please continue your generous support and keep the fistula survivors, medical staff,and other Liberians affected by the Ebola epidemic in your thoughts and prayers.

As of 18 July, the fistula rehabilitation center at Phebe Hospital in Bong County has been temporarily closed. Due to the high risk of exposure to Ebola in Bong County, the 34 fistula survivors that were at the rehabilitation center were sent back to their counties of origin with the help of UNFPA and the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare.

Planned activities for the Liberia Fistula project have slowed significantly at this time, as the President of Liberia has declared a state of emergency and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has asked all partners to suspend other activities to support the national response plan to the Ebola outbreak. Once the crisis has passed, the plan is to reopen the fistula rehabilitation center at Phebe Hospital to continue to empower fistula survivors.

Our thoughts are with the fistula survivors, medical staff and all other Liberians affected by the current crisis. We will continue to keep you updated on the status of the Liberia Fistula Project as we receive information from UNFPA.