Advocacy: Political Yes, Non-Partisan, Yes

Zonta USA caucus often gets asked,

“How can we do advocacy, I thought we were  non-partisan?”

Non- partisan means Zonta can’t be advocating for a candidate or a party.  However, we can advocate for a position or a policy.  Zonta USA Caucus developed this video help to illustrate the issue.  Please share with your clubs.

Miriam Webster: Nonpartisan: free from party affiliation, bias, or designation

Zonta USA Advocacy Nonpartisan
Nonpartisan and Political

Reference: Bylaws of Zonta International

The name of this organization shall be Zonta International.

Article II Objects

The Objects of Zonta International shall be:

(a) To improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local level through service and advocacy.

(b) To work for the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of members.

(c) To promote justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

(d) To be united internationally to foster high ethical standards, to implement service programs, and to provide mutual support and fellowship for members who serve their communities, their nations and the world.

Article III Policy

SECTION 1. Nonpartisan and Nonsectarian. Zonta International, its districts and its clubs shall be nonpartisan and nonsectarian.

SECTION 2. Principles and Public Issues. Zonta International, its districts and its clubs may express themselves about and become involved in principles and public issues having a bearing on the Objects of Zonta International, following the policies established by the Zonta International Board.

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