Half a million women die annually in developing countries; many from infection, tetanus and other complications. For every woman who dies in childbirth, around another 30 women incur injuries and infections, many of which are often painful, disabling, embarrassing and lifelong. Birthing kits save lives and reduce suffering by providing supplies for a more sanitary birth.
Over 8,000 kits are distributed each year by World Vision to six health centres in rural Africa. The Zonta Club of Oakville has assembled up to 1000 of these kits each year!
Volunteers are required each year to help assemble the kits. Please join us knowing that you will make a huge impact in the safe delivery of a baby.
Donation of any of the contents are also greatly appreciated.
This annual event usually takes place in November.
The Zonta Club of Oakville hosts a mother and daughter pampering and informational event at Kerr Street Mission each spring for families from the local community. Mothers and their daughters are able to obtain information from local advocacy organizations, treated to a spa session, provided choice from a clothes closet, served a delicious hot meal, offered items from a gift table. Longo’s grocery stores and Zonta Club members generously donate to make a memorable community meal!
Volunteers with experience in esthetics are required to assist with the spa session (hair and make-up). Assistance is also needed with table setting, preparing and serving dinner, and clean-up duties. Please join us for a fun, high-energy day!
Gently used party wear and work wear, jewellery, purses, shoes, and small gift items would be gratefully accepted and appreciated.
This annual event usually takes place in May or June.
SAVIS (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services) provides support to victims of violence in the Halton region. Human trafficking is a significant problem in Southern Ontario. For those victims who are attempting to leave prostitution and begin a ‘new life’, SAVIS provides a Dignity Bag to help them meet their initial needs on arrival for help at the hospital or police station. In recognition of 100 years of Zonta International, the Zonta Club of Oakville supplied 100 bags in 2018.
Contents (valued at $250):
Aligning with the Zonta International mandate “Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women”, referral information posters are distributed by club members to businesses throughout Halton. These posters are placed in women’s washrooms to provide awareness of the unacceptability of abusive behavior in relationships. In 2018, over 40 women contacted SAVIS of Halton to receive information or counselling as a direct result of this campaign.
The Zonta Club of Oakville provides informational kiosks for attendees of our annual Kerr Street Mission mother-daughter pampering and advocacy day. SAVIS, SAFE (Survivor Advocates for Empowerment), The Centre for Skills Development and Zonta International are some of the organizations represented at the event.
For more information about the Zonta Club of Oakville’s advocacy projects or to volunteer or donate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The global economy and its industries are becoming increasingly digitized. Women, however, are still largely underrepresented in technology and other STEM fields. To create a world in which men and women have equal opportunities, women need to have an active role in technology and technological developments.
The Zonta Club of Oakville is pleased to offer the Zonta International Women in Technology Scholarship to encourage women to pursue education, career opportunities and leadership roles in technology. The winner of this scholarship will be considered at the Zonta regional and international levels for a possible two further scholarships.
The Zonta Club of Oakville recognizes the need to empower women in need by offering meaningful subsidies for education. Since 1994, we are proud to have provided over $80,000 in grants to women coming from backgrounds of abuse wishing to enter or return to full-time studies at Sheridan College Trafalgar Campus.
Interested candidates should consult the Sheridan College scholarships, awards and bursaries webpage found here. Eligibility criteria include proof of residency in the Halton area and demonstration of financial need.
The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
In order for more women to be represented in key decision making positions worldwide, young women must be encouraged to pursue careers or seek leadership positions in public policy making, government and volunteer organizations and further their education with these aims in view.
This scholarship is awarded by the Zonta Club of Oakville to a high school student demonstrating outstanding service within her school and local community. The winner may be considered at the Zonta regional and international levels to possibly qualify for further scholarships.
For over 20 years, the Zonta Club of Oakville has raised funds through the partnership with the Delta Bingo and Gaming Oakville location and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.
The Zonta Club of Oakville members volunteer twice a month (Friday nights @ 21:30 pm and Sunday afternoons @ 12:00 pm) at the Delta Gaming Centre on Speers Road. All of the funds raised from Bingo are donated to various charities in the community including SAVIS, Kerr Street Ministries and much more.