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The Zonta Grapevine

Issue 6

In this edition...

From the President...

Welcome back fellow Zontians after the District 29 Conference in Groningen, Netherlands!  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but I look forward to hearing all about it from our Club members who attended, Vice-President Ann Edqvist and board members Ruth Dar, Sue Mansfield, Britt Gustawsson, Carol Ann Howells, Angela Yin and our international liaison, Jean Morgan-Bryant. 

That will be the focus of our upcoming meeting, which is tomorrow.  It will be a great fellowship and introduction meeting to Zonta for any guests and prospective members who attend.  

As you read in the invitation for the meeting and for members of the Club who received the minutes of the last meeting, we are collecting toiletries at each meeting from now on.  Many thanks to Ruth who so kindly agreed to take them for us.  We will see what we come up with, and then create packs for charities such as Eaves, for women who so desperately need them. 

Lastly, I would like to congratulate Kofo Anifowoshe for becoming our newest member of Zonta last month.  Our Club is lucky to have you and may you enjoy being a Zontian for a very long time to come! 

Vice-President Ann Edqvist with Kofo Anifowoshe

Also, since our last Zonta Grapevine, member Jolande Jansen is the proud mum to baby Lars. Congratulations on your gorgeous son!
District 29 Conference - Groningen, The Netherlands

Carol Ann Howells, Ann Edqvist, Britt Gustawsson, Sue Mansfield, Angela Yin, Ruth Dar, Jean Morgan-Bryant

Zonta Club of Groningen 1991 did an excellent job of hosting the District 29 Conference. It was held at the Hampshire Plaza Hotel, where most of us also stayed and many thanks to the local Zontians, including Eltje Brill who organised to pick us up from the airport.  On our first evening, we attended Infoversum dome, which is a 3D theatre.  We were addressed by two gentleman including the King’s Commissioner and then Professor Dr Petra Rudolf gave us a talk on ‘Recognising and Working Against Unconscious Bias at Work’ which quotes Sheryl Sandberg’s watershed book, Lean In. 

The slides are on our Facebook page, if you’d like to see what she said. 

We were treated to some beautiful classical music, with the red starry sky of the dome and the Zonta symbol shining on us. We were then taken on a 3D drone ride of Groningen, which was amazing or very scary depending on how you look at it.  If you want to know what the city looks like to fly over bike paths, the Martini Tower, the fish market and the art museum, then check out Infoversum! 

Our very own YWPA winner Anoushka Raval and Zonta Southbank’s and the District winner Jodi Mbaki attended also.  Jodi moved the room to tears telling us her inspirational story of overcoming disadvantage to attend Manchester University this year.  She moved us with her inspirational talk about how women should not be judged by how their bodies look. Jodi is a champion wrestler in her spare time, breaking down barriers of the types of sport women can do. 

District Governor Marijke Jongbloed with YWPA district winner Jodi Mbaki

We Zontians attended workshops on how best to run our Clubs, including fundraising, learning about the By-Laws, and for those of us going to the Convention in Nice in 2016, the protocol to follow to make sure we get heard.  The best advice is to make sure you read all the material beforehand so you are prepared. 

If you are a Zontian and you haven’t gone to a District Conference yet, it is well worth going.  You meet Zontians from all over the district, including from Germany, France and Russia.  It’s wonderful to network with like-minded women from all walks of life.  Highly recommended! 
Charlotte Proudman - Britain's most famous barrister
We are certainly proud to announce that Charlotte Proudman will be our first guest speaker of Zonta Club of London II’s dinner meeting in February 2016.  Charlotte is a family law barrister on sabbatical from Mansfield Chambers while she studies and campaigns for law reform of the sex industry in Britain, advocating the Swedish model, which criminalises men who pay for sex, but not women who sell sex.  An innovative approach, with a strong evidence-base, we look forward to Charlotte talking about what she’s working on. 
#powerofgirl Zonta Southbank - Thursday, 22 October

Our fellow Zontians from across the Thames request your company at their speaker and canape event with the topics being feminomics, sport and business.  This event is in aid of Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, South London.  It is £25+ booking fee. 

It promises to be a great event with a panel of three distinguished speakers. 

Get your tickets here!

Warrior Pink Breast Cancer Awareness for Monday, 19 October
Those of you who attended our Club's Lean In event in celebration of International Women's Day earlier in the year would remember the inspirational speaker Jodie Cole. Jodie is fighting breast cancer and with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and her double mastectomy being performed on 19 October, she's asked us to wear pink on the day to lift her spirits.
Commission on the Status of Women Alliance meeting - Saturday, 31 October 2015
London Resource Centre, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA - 10am to 5pm 

There will be a CSW meeting with two parts, one from 10am to 1pm, the other from 2pm to 5pm.  It will be about how CSW fits into UN processes and networking, lobbying and presentation skills.  The second session will be about campaigning and working groups. 

The purpose of the meeting is to help us get organised for CSWW 60 and to prepare for the meeting with the GEO on 9 November.   Other areas we might look at are CSW Alliance issues papers, holding parallel events etc.
Feminism in London Conference - 24-25 October 2015

Our darling former member Gemma Steel is still active in a fellow feminist movement, which is the Feminism in London Conference, happening the weekend 24-25 October.  
The conference promises to be a great place for learning, networking, and inner transformations. Find out more here 

If you are interested in attending, please email Gemma Steel at  

Sign Malala's petition for girls' education

The Nobel Prize winner Malala wants you to sign her petition to make sure that girls receive a minimum of 12 years’ of school education all over the world. 

You may remember the last Zonta Grapevine had the trailer of her movie, so we hope it did inspire you to see it! 

Now we hope it inspires you to put your name to this petition.  At the time of writing, she only has 18,000 to go until she gets 1 million signatures! 

Sign Malala’s petition here. 

Women, Business and the Law - Getting to Equal - Wednesday, 4 November
Join the Rt Hon Baroness Hanover for an event at the House of Lords about how women are going to get to equal.  See the picture below details.
Reclaim the Night - Saturday, 28 November
Reclaim the Night is happening once again in London.  It is an annual march organised by the London Feminist Network to take a stand against women being told not to go out at night for their own safety. Women have a right to be safe on the street or at home, day or night.
This march takes place all over the world. It’s a chance for feminists from all walks of life to unite!
We recommend wearing your orange Zonta Says No t-shirt to raise the profile of Zonta amongst like-minded women and organisations.

 Details of the event can be found here.
Donate to Zonta London Fund online
In addition to our text messaging fundraising service (where you text ZONT02  and the amount in £ to 70070), we have also opened a fundraising webpage. 

Introducing our donation page at Givey.
London Zontian Tinkerbell takes on the Gherkin
Since the last Zonta Grapevine, our member Angela Yin (and resident Tinkerbell) climbed the Gherkin on Sunday, 6 September for the children's charity NSPCC.  Members helped her raise £380 (in fact the majority of donations came from London Zontians). 

Many thanks to the generosity of Zontians who donated to NSPCC and to Ruth Dar who met the little Tinkerbell after the race for a celebratory lunch.

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