Sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women Mar 14-25, 2022

By Darleen Lyons | March 11, 2022

The sixty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 14 to 25 March 2022. This year’s theme is            Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programs. Representatives of Member States, UN…

International Women’s Day March 8

By Darleen Lyons | March 4, 2022

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias. Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. About International Women’s Day  International Women’s…

World Day of Social Justice

By Darleen Lyons | February 17, 2022

What is World Day of Social Justice? The 20th of February is observed as World Day of Social Justice since 2009. An underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations is defined as Social Justice according to the official website of the United Nations Organization. The principles of Social Justice are upheld to promote gender…

End Child Marriage in the United States

By Darleen Lyons | February 12, 2022

At the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley’s Empower Hour on February 5th, 2022, Sara Tasneem, MPA presented “Advocacy Efforts to End Child Marriage in the United States” Sara, a survivor of a forced child marriage, advocates against Child/Forced Marriage and violence against women and girls. Featured in Knots, A Forced Marriage Story, she volunteers as…

Zonta Community Grants

By Darleen Lyons | February 11, 2022

The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley is pleased to announce we are now seeking applications for our 2022 Community Grants for projects that support our mission. Zonta International is a worldwide service organization of business and professional women founded in 1919. Our membership is 33,000 in 66 countries. The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita…

Young Women in Public Affairs Award

By Darleen Lyons | February 10, 2022

The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley is seeking applicants for Zonta International’s Young Women in Public Affairs awards. Three outstanding young women will earn awards offered to women are between 16 and 19 years of age (as of April 1, 2022) who attend high schools, colleges and/or university within the Santa Clarita Valley area.…

Virginia Wrage Memorial Scholarship

By Darleen Lyons | February 9, 2022

The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley is now accepting applications for the annual Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund Scholarship. Virginia Wrage was a dedicated and loved Zontian, mother, and grandmother who at the age of 50, faced a family crisis that resulted in a major career change. She undertook a rigorous nine-month course and fulfilled…

International Day of Women and Girls in Science – Feb 11

By Darleen Lyons | February 9, 2022

The world needs science, and science needs women and girls. Women have led ground-breaking research into public health, vaccines, treatments and innovative technology, and been on the front lines of COVID-19 response as scientists, health care workers and more. Yet, the gender gap in science and technology holds women back. According to UNESCO’s forthcoming Science Report, only…

Zonta announces new scholarship

By Darleen Lyons | February 8, 2022

The Jo Ann Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship is named for an extraordinary member of the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley who passed away in 2019 following a brave fight with COPD. Jo Ann was passionate about her chosen profession of accounting. She did not attend college, but she took advantage of invaluable opportunities after graduating…

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

By Darleen Lyons | February 5, 2022

Ending Female Genital Mutilation by 2030 Did You Know? UNFPA estimates there may be as many as 2 million cases of female genital mutilation by 2030 that would have otherwise been averted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021 alone, there are 4.16 million girls around the world, who are at risk of undergoing female…