The five Zonta clubs in Hamburg, Germany, District 27, gathered for a celebration of Zonta’s centennial anniversary on 12 December in Hamburg, where the 2022 Zonta International Convention will be held.
During the event, held at Hamburg’s Chamber of Commerce, First Mayor of Hamburg Peter Tschentscher delivered an address to the audience of more than 500 people.
“Women’s rights are human rights. That makes Zonta always clear, directly with its own campaigns. For example against genital mutilation, forced marriage and violence against women, but also through participation in international organizations,” he said. “Genuine equal opportunities in all areas of life is the prerequisite for a social climate in which violence and discrimination—even in a hidden form—have no acceptance. Thank you very much for your work and congratulations on the 100th anniversary!”
Special guests of honor included Zonta International President Susanne von Bassewitz and journalist Meike Winnemuth. Queen Silvia of Sweden and Germany’s first lady, Elke Büdenbender, also sent greetings ahead of the event.
The event raised €18,000 (approximately US$20,000), which will go to the Zonta International Foundation to support the Ending Child Marriage project.