Girls education must remain a priority

Young women participate in a literacy class in Kabul as part of the Women’s Learning Center project with the Afghan Institute of Learning in 2002.

As events unfold in Afghanistan, our thoughts are with women and girls as they transition to life under the rule of the Taliban.

Zonta International has worked with Afghan women and girls on various health and edcuation programs since 2002 and has issued a statement that says, in part:

 …we acknowledge and share concerns that Afghan women will have imposed limitations that prohibit them from being actors in their own decision-making, which is a fundamental human right. 

We will work through our General Consultative Status at the United Nations to continue to advocate to ensure that women and girls in Afghanistan and elsewhere are able to participate fully in their societies and that girls have access to a quality education and can pursue that education without fear for their safety.

To read the full statement, click here.

Tayla means business!

Tayla Ayling with her Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship certificate

Congratulations to Tayla Ayling who is this year’s Area 3 winner of the Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship.

Tayla was presented with her award by Area 3 Director, Tyril Houghton, at an event hosted by the Zonta Club of Perth Northern Suburbs, who reported that:

Following her undergraduate degree in Commerce completed at the University of Western Australia, Tayla enrolled in a Master of Commerce, majoring in Supply Chain Management, which she is currently studying at Curtin University.

Tayla’s academic achievements are remarkable and her voluntary and leadership activities impressive. While in South Africa, she initiated and assisted two schools with a reading program which used donated books that resulted in 100+ learners to improve their reading skills. Following this she produced a documentary ‘Reading is Everyone’s Business’ to elevate the importance of reading and encouraging the business sector to be accountable.

Tayla is a recipient of Curtin’s High Achiever’s Program, a senior student mentor and president of Curtin’s Logistics and Supply Chain Association.

Zonta International’s Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship helps women pursue undergraduate and master’s degrees in business management and overcome gender barriers from the classroom to the boardroom. 

The Scholarship operates at three levels. Having won at the local level ($1500), Tayla’s application will be forwarded for consideration of a District 23 Award (US$2,000) and, if successful, will be forwarded to Zonta International for consideration of a further award (US$8,000).

Congratulations Tayla and we wish you every success in the future!