Zonta International began in Buffalo, New York, in 1919 with five women. Today, Zonta has more than 33,000 members in over 1200 clubs in 67 countries and geographic areas. The headquarters is in Chicago, Illinois.
Zonta Club of Fort Smith was chartered April 24, 1967. In its forty-seven year history, Zonta Club of Fort Smith has supported projects that advance the status of women both locally and internationally.
Zonta Says No is a campaign to raise awareness of Zonta’s efforts to end violence against women and girls at the club, district and international levels. It is an opportunity to unite Zonta clubs and Zontians around the world in one common action and to promote ZISVAW (Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women) projects.
The Zonta Says No campaign is correlating with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and encouraging all clubs to support advocacy activities during this period. Since the 16 Days Campaign began in 1991, over 5000 organizations in 187 countries have participated. The campaign begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and continues through December 10, the International Human Rights Day.