Zonta Club of Oakville CELEBRATES International Women’s Day


Zonta International envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman can achieve her full potential.


We at the Zonta Club of Oakville recognize the importance of Women’s Health and Wellbeing.  We are pleased to support our local Oakville Hospital as our 2019 recipient.




On March 8th, all around the world, International Women’s Day is celebrated.  A celebration recognizing women’s achievements and the acknowledgements of the many challenges women continue to face in the quest for gender equality.  A focal point in the movement for women’s rights!  International Women’s Day officially started in 1911.




The day is an official holiday in Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zambia.


In some countries, such as Cameroon, Croatia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Chile, the day is not a public holiday, but is widely observed nonetheless.  On this day it is customary for men to give women in their lives — friends, mothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters, colleagues, etc — flowers and small gifts.


In some countries (such as Bulgaria and Romania) it is also observed as an equivalent of Mother’s Day, where children also give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.  In Russia, the day has lost all political context through the time, become simply a day to honor women and feminine beauty.


The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day in the International Women’s Year, 1975.  In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.


Zonta Club of Oakville — has been celebrating IWD since its inception in 1973 following in the footsteps of Zonta International.  Over the years the Oakville club has hosted many different types of events to raise awareness of IWD and enhance the movement of women’s rights.  Perhaps one of our most memorable events was the famous “Paint the Town Yellow” campaign that ran for years.  It started in Oakville and caught on to other cities; such as, Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton and Toronto.  The successful campaign spread its colors over the border to many cities and towns in Pennsylvania and New York state.  The Zonta Club of Oakville has proudly hosted speaking events as well as co-hosted the Dinner Party from 2010 to 2018.   Through the co-hosted dinner we have raised over $150,000 for local and international charities.  For the Zonta Club of Oakville, IWD marks a moment of time to recognize and honor our local women and students making a difference in our community.




Oakville Hospital Foundation (OHF) is proud to work with the Oakville community to support Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH).  Together, we are transforming healthcare in Oakville now, and for generations to come.


In December 2015, the new OTMH opened its doors to care for our community.  Moving forward, OHF and the community are on a new journey — to support the ever growing and changing healthcare needs of a much larger and more advanced Hospital.  It is only through our continued philanthropy that our Hospital will be able to invest in technology that detects illness earlier, reduces recovery times, and improves the patient experience.


Since the government funds virtually no new medical equipment, community support of our hospital is vital.  Your contribution will put essential equipment directly in the hands of OTMH caregivers.




The Zonta Club of Oakville recognizes the dedication our Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital provides in its commitment to women’s health programs.


We have long understood that our hospital is built of more than just bricks and mortar.  Oakville’s residents count on their local hospital to deliver the healthcare they need, close to home.  And we, in turn, count on your generosity to continue to make it all possible as government funding alone cannot provide for everything.


Our Mission:  Partnering with the community to fund essential medical equipment for Oakville’s hospital to enable high quality patient care.


Please join us on March 3rd, 2020 for International Women’s Day in support of OTMH.


Please visit us at:  www.oakvillehospitalfoundation.com


The Zonta International Service Program has provided training, education, health, sanitation, agricultural and micro-credit assistance to women, primarily through projects implemented by the agencies of the United Nations and other recognized non-governmental organizations.  Zonta International has been celebrating International Women’s Day globally since it was chartered in 1919.


Please visit us at:  www.zonta.org


Zonta Club of Oakville is part of a global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.  The Zonta Club of Oakville has provided services to local and international charities since 1973.  We are a proud group of local women who strive to empower, inspire and advance women locally and internationally.  Our special events and advocacy projects help women worldwide.  The Zonta Club of Oakville is a member of AWH, Advancement of Women Halton, a collaborative of 21 groups supporting gender equality at all levels of government.


Please visit us at:  www.zontaoakville.org