PRESS RELEASE -  Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Unsung Hero Award won by Jan Hancock

Prison Volunteer Jan Hancock has won the centenary award for ‘Unsung Hero’ presented by the Zonta Club of Guildford for her work with women prisoners. The award will be presented at a celebration dinner tomorrow evening November 6.

President Olive Jones said: ‘Jan is part of the team of volunteers working through the chaplaincy helping women in prison. Through Zonta’s local service work with women in prison we soon became aware of this essential work not only in helping them get through their time in prison but in preparing them for life outside. Jan is definitely an unsung hero dedicating so much time to this essential support work.’

Jan visits the prison weekly, mentoring prisoners. She is also a part of the team which delivers the Sycamore course on Victim Awareness. This is an essential part of restorative justice, with prisoners learning to accept responsibility for their crimes, their impact on victims and on the community.

Jan said: ‘I’m part of a large team which is passionate about what we do. The team members come from all walks of life and bring a huge range of experience. It is a privilege to be a part of it. I’m delighted to accept the award as much on behalf of the team as on my own behalf.


PRESS RELEASE: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Zonta Celebrates 100 Years of working for women

The Zonta Club of London City, London 2 and Guildford are celebrating the centennial anniversary of Zonta International on 8th November 2019

The Gala Dinner will be held at The Andasz Hotel in Liverpool Street to raise funds for a refuge at Oasis Community Housing for vulnerable young women experiencing homelessness and also to continue the work of Zonta International Foundation, Ending Child Marriage.

The dinner will also be the scene for the UK Zonta clubs’ prestigious centennial anniversary award.

Anna Hummel, UK area director of Zonta said: “I’m so proud of the work Zonta does. In the UK we focus on supporting women with real problems, in prison, in slavery and in need. Internationally we have a distinguished record in so many areas whether it’s massively reducing the number of children dying in infancy in Rwanda through lack of maternal health care, or giving girl children the chance of an education in Madagascar. As well we support distinguished young women leading the field in technology, aerospace, business and public affairs.”

Zonta International is a worldwide organization that has empowered women and girls through service and advocacy for 100 years. It was founded in 1919 in Buffalo, New York, by a group of forward-thinking women who were not satisfied with the predominantly social nature of many women’s organizations. Instead, Zonta’s founders envisioned a women’s service organization that would advocate for laws and policies that ensure gender equality and help every woman and girl realize her full potential. Through continuous engagement over almost 10 decades, Zonta International has become a respected and reliable agent of civil society. Zonta International is a non-governmental organization with general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Zonta International promotes and strives to protect the human rights of all women and girls and reduce the incidences of violence against them. Since 1923, Zonta has provided more than US$40.9 million to empower women and expand their access to education, health care, economic opportunities and safe living conditions. Zonta’s nearly 1,200 clubs support local and regional initiatives in 63 countries worldwide.

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YWPA Winner 2019 - Florence Marks

Florence, second year student at The Sixth Form College Farnborough recently recenved the Young Women in Public Affairs Award from Club President Sue Doughty. Second year student Chloe Williams was the runner up. Florence also won the first prize in the YWPA District Awards, which was just one of three prizes to be won in District 29. The district includes 74 clubs in four areas and nearly 1,800 members from across Europe. She received €1,500 and an invitation to the Zonta Conference in the Netherlands in early October.

Florence said "I'm immensely proud to have won Zonta's Young Women in Public Affairs Award. Zonta is an international organisation that promotes female equality, respect and security from local grass roots programmes to global initiatives at the UN. To be associated with such an inspiring cause is amazing. I am very thankful to the Zonta officials who came into my College, my personal tutor Russell for encouraging me to enter, and my inspirational and supportive teachers.

Pictured below is Florence Marks (second right) and Chloe Williams (middle left)



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