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LUNAFEST Coming May 28th and 29th
Mark your calendar!

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We have new dates for VIRTUAL LUNAFEST 2023

 

Please mark you calendars with our new dates for our 12th LUNAFEST.

May 28th and 29th.

 

We recently found out the film festival needs to viewed before June of this year, so we are getting in just under the wire by scheduling Memorial Day Weekend. A great time to have fun and watch the films on the holiday extended weekend.

We are able to accept sponsor support and contributions for this LUNAFEST via

Venmo, Zelle, and checks.

Have a question -- please contact our Club Treasurer,

Lori-Ann Gertonson, at

zontaberkeley@comcast.net

 Any extra bit helps! If you are able to join us

in supporting this event, donations can also be mailed to:

 Zonta Club of Berkeley/North Bay

P.O. Box 5093

Bekeley, CA 94705

Happy Zonta Rose Day
Happy International Women's Day

Happy Zonta Rose Day

It is our special delight to recognize you as someone who has made a difference in the lives of others.

 

Thank you for supporting, encouraging, mentoring, educating and loving women in your family and community. It all adds up to make the world a better place!

 

Cheers to all mother's, daughters, sisters and friends

who have made our lives more rewarding and fulfilled.

 

Think of someone you would like to honor on this special occasion.

One way to honor a special woman in your life is to make a donation in her name to an organization that is or was important to her. 

Theme for 2023 International Women's Day

DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality

Growing inequalities around the world are becoming increasingly evident in the context of digital skills and access to technologies, with women being left behind as the result of a digital gender divide.

Recognize and celebrate women and girls who are championing women's equity. Give special recognition women and girls who are working for the advancement of transformative technology and digital education. They help us narrow the digital gender gap and to facilitate the end of online gender-base violence.

From the United Nations:

DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality

Our lives depend on strong technological integration: attending a course, calling loved ones, making a bank transaction, or booking a medical appointment. Everything currently goes through a digital process.

However, 37% of women do not use the internet. 259 million fewer women have access to the Internet than men, even though they account for nearly half the world's population.

If women are unable to access the Internet and do not feel safe online, they are unable to develop the necessary digital skills to engage in digital spaces, which diminishes their opportunities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related fields By 2050, 75% of jobs will be related to STEM areas. Yet today, women hold just 22% of positions in artificial intelligence, to name just one.

Bringing women into technology results in more creative solutions and has greater potential for innovations that meet women’s needs and promote gender equality. Their lack of inclusion, by contrast, comes with massive costs.

The United Nations Observance of IWD, under the theme “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”, recognizes and celebrates the women and girls who are championing the advancement of transformative technology and digital education. The observance will explore the impact of the digital gender gap on widening economic and social inequalities, and it will also spotlight the importance of protecting the rights of women and girls in digital spaces and addressing online and ICT-facilitated gender-based violence.

YWPA Application deadline approaching soon!

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AWARD DESCRIPTION from Zonta International:

Though about 40% of the world’s workforce is women, according to data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, only 25.7% of all national parliamentarians were female as of 1 September 2021. Because Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service, it offers the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award, which recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.

Zonta Club of Berkeley/North Bay and Beyond offers a $1,000 local award each year to a young woman who has shown exceptional interest in commitment to civic causes and outstanding leadership.

AWARD DESCRIPTION from Zonta International:

Because Zonta International believes in gender equality, the Jane M. Klausman (JMK) Women in Business Scholarship program helps women pursue undergraduate and master's degrees in business management and overcome gender barriers from the classroom to the boardroom. The Zonta Foundation for Women awarded the first Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships in 1998 to women pursuing degrees in business leading to a business management career. Jane M. Klausman was a member of the Zonta Club of Syracuse, New York, USA, and the 1990-1995 Zonta International Parliamentarian. During her career, Ms. Klausman was a professional secretary, parliamentarian and entrepreneur.   

The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Zonta International offers 37 international scholarships of US$5,000. Each district/region may submit one applicant for consideration for an international scholarship. The five largest districts may submit a second applicant for a total of two applicants. 

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, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision-making positions on an equal basis with men. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.