District 4


Kathleen Scanlon, Chairperson

ZC of Hamburg-Orchard Park

Committee: Kyle Patterson, Niagara Falls, NY; Lee Fogarty, Pittsburgh; Tanya Tagwerker, Guelph; Julie Brown, Stratford; Joan Westcott, Kitchener-Waterloo.

Campaigns, Resources & Inspiration

Advocacy is the expression of support for, or opposition to, a cause, argument or proposal. Advocacy actions may include influencing laws, legislation or attitudes.

Zonta Advocacy

Zonta advocacy is an action taken in “the public interest” or for “the greater good” with respect to empowering women and girls and their human rights.

The International Advocacy Committee encourages districts/regions, areas and clubs to use the below resources to increase advocacy actions at the district/region, area and club levels.

Zonta International, its districts and its clubs shall be nonpartisan and nonsectarian.

Encouraging new collaboration with like-minded organizations.

ZC of Toronto Invites You to Hear About Human Trafficking

Wednesday, February 9, 2022, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/panel-discussion-on-awareness-of-human-trafficking-tickets-247868741077Summary Our goal is to amplify the voices of those speaking about this issue to create awareness...

Zontians in Hamilton Gather on Dec 6 with Local Girl Guides

December 6 is a day of national tragedy in Canada. Twenty-six years ago, 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal were violently killed because they were women. To honour these women and the survivors from this tragedy, this day is now known as the Day of...

Zonta Toronto Presents Award to Shelter Movers

Zonta Club of Toronto is pleased to present the 2021 Zonta Says NO Award to Shelter Movers. In 2016, founder and Executive Director, Marc, Hull-Jacquin began looking into gender-based violence in Canada and realized how difficult and dangerous it was for survivors...

Zonta Warren’s Latest Activities

Warren Zonta has been participating in the 16 days of activism for the past several years. This year Zonta member Phyllis Wright wrote a letter to the commissioners stating that Warren Zonta wanted to expand participation and to educate the community about the 16 days...

Zonta Says NO Niagara Falls, ON and NY

Zonta Says NOMembers Come Out to SupportMembers from surrounding American and Canadian district 4 clubs support Zonta Clubs of Niagara Falls, ON and NY in turning the Falls orange to draw attention to the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based...

Zonta Kenmore – November 2021

Women Returning to the Workforce AwardThe Zonta Club of Kenmore has presented a Woman Returning to the Workforce Award to a pharmacy technician student at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology. This student is a 22 year old high school graduate who has gone back...

Advocacy Calendar

Find Advocacy Activities, Events & Action Resources offered by Zonta International, District 4, and Clubs.

Advocacy Policies, Guidelines & Resources

Affiliation with Other Organizations, Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Statement, and UN Women

16 Days of Activism D4 2021 Campaign

16 Days of Activism D4 campaign material.  Thirty-five percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.

Ending Child Marriage

More than 650 million girls and women alive today were married as children — before they were 18 years old.

Club ADVOCACY Projects

“Helping Us to Help You”

Share your club advocacy projects and descriptions with us to share with other D4 clubs. This will generate a listing of projects and actions and reduce the workload for all.


Zonta USA Caucus often gets asked,

“How can we do advocacy, I thought we were  non-partisan?”

Non-partisan means Zonta can’t be advocating for a candidate or a party.  However, we can advocate for a position or a policy.  Zonta USA Caucus developed this video help to illustrate the issue.

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USA Caucus

Zonta’s USA Caucus advocates for gender equality issues and a place to align on key issues and provides a platform for coordinated advocacy actions within the United States.


Seven Principles.  Commit, Assess & Define, Communicate, Implement & Measure.