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The Zonta Grapevine

Issue 4

In this edition...

From the President...

I hope you are all enjoying this gorgeous London summer so far!  I know many of you are enjoying a well-deserved break, so thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter wherever you are.
I’d like to extend my congratulations to the lovely young ladies Anoushka Raval and Alice Lassman who won our Club’s Young Women in Public Affairs Awards and joined us for our dinner meeting in July.  We loved hearing about your inspirational activities in empowering young women locally and around the world.  As I said, you two have become role models for others and we hope you become proud Zonta ambassadors.

We also pay tribute to our longest-serving Treasurer Ruth Dar.  Thank you for looking after the Club’s finances for so many years and we hope you enjoyed your gifts.
We hope you enjoy this latest issue of The Zonta Grapevine and we hope to see you at the Summer Garden Party at Sue’s place on Sunday, 23 August at noon.

Rehana Raja
Former Club Treasurer Ruth Dar with Secretary Sue Mansfield
Call to Conference - 2-4 October, Groningen, The Netherlands
Please see the website here to register.
The early bird registration was extended to 1 August.  We have been advised that those of us paying in pounds may pay cash when we get there, so long as we register our intention to attend.  This may be smart thing to do, as the Euro is in freefall against the pound.
We look forward to seeing our Club members and those of you in neighbouring Clubs in The Netherlands in October!
Text to donate to Zonta London Fund
You can text as little as 1 pound to us on your mobile phone.  Simply text ZONT02 £1 to 70070.  Easy as that!

In fact, if you intend to come to the Malala movie screening, we suggest a small donation, which you can do so simply on your mobile phone!
Zonta London Summer Garden Party - Sunday 23 August

Come join us at Sue Mansfield’s place in Northwood for some delicious, quintessentially British hospitality for only £15.

It starts at noon, Sunday 23 August.
RSVP by 17 August to
All welcome and we hope to see you there!
Young Women in Public Affairs Award winners - July meeting
The Club was very proud to host our very special guests Anoushka Raval and Alice Lassman, who were the joint winners of our Club’s Young Women in Public Affairs awards in 2015. 
Anoushka has lived in France and India, as well as the UK and is commended by our Club for her self-appointed leadership with her work with Rotary and organising training and education for girls.
Alice was commended for her entrepreneurial spirit, where she is Managing Director of a company called Orenda, which manufactures water bottles.  She even brought some to the meeting for purchase, which a number of us gladly bought!  Like Anoushka, Alice is also very well-travelled and has been to Cuba, Estonia and Malaysia, where the gap between wealth and poverty is large.
Both Anoushka and Alice consider actress Emma Watson to be an excellent role model for girls their age, with her landmark speech and launch of the UN’s #HeForShe campaign last year.
It was a pleasure to spend the evening with these two young ladies.  Our Club wishes you every success in the future!
Anoushka Raval, Alice Lassman and Zonta London II Secretary Sue Mansfield
16 Days of Activism (25 November - 10 December)

Zonta International has developed materials for Clubs to promote Zonta Says NO in 2015 during the 16 days of activism later in the year.  We will talk at our next Club meeting what we would like to do here in London to promote Zonta Says NO during that period.

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.
British gender pay gap

On 14 July 2015, PM David Cameron made a personal commitment to consign salary inequality between men and women to history by the time his two daughters, now aged 4 and 11 start work.
From next year, businesses with more than 250 employees will have to publish average salaries of men and women within the company, under plans to put pressure on employers to address gender inequality. 
The Zonta Club of London II is pleased the issue made the front page of papers across the country in July, keeping the country’s gender pay gap in the public consciousness as an issue to be addressed. It is our hope the issue is addressed well before Mr Cameron’s daughters start work.
Read the City AM article here.

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