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Zonta International is a leading organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy

Zonta International envisions a world in which women´s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, every woman has access to all resources and is represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.

Zonta International empowering women through service and advocacy

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Zonta District 13: Women in Technology Scholarship 2020

Are you or do you know a talented woman studying or working in information technology (IT), computer science or related technology fields then it is now possible to apply for a Women in Technology Scholarship 2020.

Zonta District 13 offers one scholarship equal to an amount of US$ 2,000 to a woman studying or working in Zonta District 13 areas: Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Lithuania.

The application deadline is 1 October 2020.

Application form and further description of the Women in Technology Scholarship 2020 can be downloaded here


2020 Zonta International Convention canceled

Letter from
Dr. Susanne von Bassewitz

Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation

Dear Zonta members,

I have to inform you that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zonta International Board was forced to cancel the 2020 Zonta International Convention. The decision was necessary, since the global outbreak has created events beyond Zonta’s control that prevent us from welcoming you in Chicago and holding this Convention we all had so much looked forward to.

All registrants will receive a full refund of their registration fees. No cancellation fees will be withheld. Many thanks in advance for allowing us some time to provide information on how we will go forward with processing the refunds.

Even though the Convention is canceled, elections for the 2020-2022 International Boards and Nominating Committee, as well as voting on proposed bylaws amendments, resolutions, the 2020-2022 biennial goals, projects and programs will take place electronically. Club presidents will receive the respective documents by email to prepare for this essential Zonta business. Details on the voting process will be communicated when available. Please watch for future correspondence on these very important matters.

Pursuing our mission is key. Zontians have always been creative in finding ways to support each other and women and girls that need our help, and this unprecedented situation will show again how well we can do this together.

I hope that you and your families are well and able to deal with the exceptional circumstances of these times.

With best wishes for your health and warm regards,

Susanne von Bassewitz

Practical information:

The Convention registration site will now be changed so that registered participants can log in and ask for a full refund or indicate that they want to donate part of the refund to the operation of Zonta International, to ensure that the losses in connection with cancellation will be kept at a minimum.

ZI does have insurance in case of cancellation and will file a claim, however it is as yet unknown how much of the loss will be covered.

As for hotel reservations, registrants are asked to cancel the hotel reservation themselves. At the Convention Hotel you will not be charged anything as long as your cancellation is received in due time as stated in your reservation form. For those having made reservations through other agencies the refund or lack of charge depends on the conditions they have signed up for.


Zonta’s History has been published

The author is Eva Nielsen, member of the Zonta Club of Copenhagen II.


We all know Eva Nielsen as our D13 Governor of the biennium 2014-2016. Before that Eva has served as Club President, Area Director and Lt. Governor.

 Eva has been a member of several committees at all levels of Zonta as well, and as a member of the Centennial Anniversary Committee (CAC)
has dedicated the last decade to write this Zonta History.

 It is with great pride that Zonta District 13 now sees her work published at the Zonta International 100 years Anniversary website:

 CLICK HERE – and you will find the entire history including the biography and acknowledgements of Eva Nielsen.




Globally oriented student receives the Jane M Klausman Women in Business Award 2019

Annika Peters who studies M.Sc. Business and Development at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) has been awarded the 2019 Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship from Zonta International District 13 – as well as the JMK WIB scholarship from ZC Copenhagen I and Zonta Denmark. All told this means that Annika received more than 3000 USD to cover extra expenses for her final study year both in Copenhagen and Sydney.

Read more here


Happy New Year 2020

2019 not only gave record attendance and a good economy for the District Conference, but also quite an amazing number of events in the clubs and areas.
A big thank you to all of you for the extraordinary effort you have put in.
And we can look forward to more events also in 2020, before the Chicago Convention!

Past events


District Conference with big attendance.

The District Conference took place 12-15 September 2019 in Copenhagen.

285 participated at the Town Hall Square event and the ensuing reception, and more than 220 were attending at least one full conference day, most of them actually both days. The above photo by Rochelle Coote on our D13 Facebook page reached 19.000 people!