What is Advocacy?


Advocacy is action directed at change -- in attitudes, policies, laws, practices.


It involves...


1 - identifying & developing awareness of a problem,

2 - analyzing causes & alternatives,

3 - developing recommendations to solve the problem,

4 - building support for the proposed solutions, and

5 - seeing proposals through to enactment.

Outcomes of Zonta Advocacy


Issues of concern to women are addressed with sustainable change.

Club membership is motivated & enhanced.

Zonta's visibility & credibility is increased.

Important leadership opportunities emerge.

Programs & speaker opportunities are enriched.

What about your club?


What's going on in your community?

What do you care about?

Have you found your voice or are you relying on others?

Where do you fit in to solve problems & make a difference?

Advocate what? 


Zonta International, its districts, and clubs are urged to express themselves and become involved in issues that:


Improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women.

Promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Advance understanding, goodwill & peace through a world fellowship of executives in business & the professions.

Advocacy Within Zonta


Advocacy involves education and It can & should involve your whole club... and finding other like-minded organizations in your community to work together on important issues.


What will you do? 

Planning an Advocacy Campaign


Know your issue

Establish your objectives

Examine interests of all stakeholders

Develop a strategy

Identify & mobilize required resources

Implement strategy; monitor progress

Use advocacy tools/guidance on Zonta.org website

Follow ZI Bylaws, Advocacy & Affiliation policies


www.zonta.org/MemberResources/Tools/AdvocacyTools.aspx -- newsletters, procedures, articles, CEDAW, etc.


www.zonta.org/WhatWeDo/LocalServiceandAdvocacy.aspx (Both are continually updated with Zonta tools & information you can use)


zontasaysno.com -- discover easy-to-apply advice on how to set up a project; see what other clubs are doing and post your ZSN story


www.unwomen.org -- a wealth of information can be found with UN Women's six Focus Areas 


Violence Against Women 

Millennium Development Goals 

Economic Empowerment 

Leadership & Participation 

Peace & Security (e.g., Res. 1325) 

National Planning & Budgeting


For further assistance, e-mail advocacy@zonta.org


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