Wednesday June 14,  Thursday June15, 2017 in Yarmouth Nova Scotia. Registration info:

Jeanne Sarson MEd, BScN, RN & Linda MacDonald MEd, BN, RNTwo of the presentors - Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson - presented at the Zonta, District 1, Zone3, Spring workshop 2016. As human right feminists, activists, and independent scholars, they have, since 2004, shared knowledge on non-State torture (NST) during UN Commissions in New York, Vienna, and Geneva; presenting in Canada, the UK, US, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey. Both received Excellence in Nursing Practice awards and the International Relations Award as members of the Canadian Federation of University Women, which led to a national policy statement on NST, later adopted as international policy by Graduate Women International. Their website offers educational materials. Their recent chapter on family-based NST is published in, Women, Law and Culture Conformity, Contradiction and Conflict. Attending the Canadian Nurses Association Meeting, June 21st, they will present their resolution on developing a position statement about NST victimizations.

call to action examples

The United States' Administration has made the devastating decision to end all U.S. support to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA works on the frontlines of more than 150 countries to end child marriage and female genital mutilation and provide critical services like pre-natal care and safe childbirth, voluntary family planning, and midwife training. UNFPA is the organization Zonta works with on the project in Niger to prevent early marriage and in Liberia, Zonta International has partnered with UNFPA to treat and prevent obstetric fistula.

Zonta International president, Sonja Hönig Schough and Zonta International Advocacy Committee Chairman Maria José Landeira Oestergaard have now addressed the impact of this action by the US Administration in a formal statement. Click here to read the policy statement.

Zonta Clubs, we encourage you to take action and contact your legislators to advocate for the reinstatement of full U. S. support for UNFPA! Find contact info through this site:



Register NOW! The Zonta International North American Interdistrict Conference (NAIDM) is being held on June 2-4, 2017
Join us at the NAIDM meeting at the 4-star Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Hotel. On Friday June 2nd we will travel to the nation's capital by train to advocate for Zonta's issues with US legislators and the Canadian Embassy. Friday evening will offer a buffet and roundtable discussions with experts on various Zonta topics. Saturday will feature a general session, workshops, lunch and dinner. The event will conclude on Sunday with more workshops and brunch. International President Sonja Hönig Schough will participate. This meeting is held in June opposite years as International and offers, workshops, speakers, and opportunity to meet Zontians in North and share ideas and information and fellowship.

Save the date for our OFFICIAL District 1 Fall Conference of the biennium!  Date: October 20-22, 2017
Location: In the Berkshires, Western Massachusetts USA
Theme: Making our VOICES Heard to Further Zonta’s Mission!
As available details will be posted at:

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