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PANDEMIC OF LOVE KAUAI (POLK)

Since October 2020, the Zonta Club of Hanalei, working with Cal Stanny, has been supporting the POLK, assisting people in need of assistance due to the current pandemic.

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HOLIDAY PROJECT

Under Mindy Smith's directions and with the assistane of Helen Mitsui Shared Blessings Thrift Shop, Island Soap etc.

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YWCA

Club member Malia Crain shown above deliverd a number of gifts and other needed goods to the YMCA for shelter residents.

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MY BODY IS MY OWN BY 
SHARON LANGENBECK, PH.D.
ZONTA INTERNATIONAL, PRESIDENT

I strongly believe that education is key to empowering women and giving girls the future they deserve. Having information about their rights and their bodies gives women and girls the power to make educated decisions that provide them with opportunities and choices throughout their lives. After reviewing UNFPA’s 2021 State of the World’s Population report, I admittedly felt disheartened at the challenges women across the globe face when their bodily autonomy is violated. However, I am forever hopeful because I know the actions and results of our International Service Projects work to counteract these challenges. We have seen direct and tangible results that prove your work as a member and donor is making a difference for the better.


Bodily autonomy is directly linked to women’s ability to make decisions about their own healthcare. There is not enough measurement, but existing data shows that only 55% of girls and women are able to make their own decisions when it comes to their sexual and reproductive healthcare.


Violations of bodily autonomy can be seen in the form of forced and child marriage, female genital mutilation, marital rape and “marry your rapist” laws, honor killings and more. Even though this information can be upsetting to read, I am optimistic to know our mission here at Zonta actively fights to address these issues. Our International Service Projects utilize the influence of local health providers and social norms and laws, all of which are important to make a sustainable impact.


Together, we have the power to change the individual lives of women and girls around the world by combatting laws and societal norms that perpetuate any inequality women face. It is our duty to stay educated on vital topics surrounding the mission of Zonta. I am honored to speak about the work we have done thus far in our biennium and can already see a brighter future ahead for all women and girls.