Young Women in Public Affairs 2021

Opportunity for young women demonstrating leadership skills to receive financial support and awards

Each year, Zonta International supports the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) award. From the Zonta International Website –

“Though about 40% of the world’s workforce is women, according to data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, only 25.1% of all national parliamentarians were female as of 1 October 2020. Because Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service, it offers the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award, which recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.

Established in 1990 by Past International President Leneen Forde, Zonta has given 971 awards, US$1,109,250, to 819 young women from 58 countries.”

The Zonta Club of Sydney accepts applications from any young women aged between 16- 19 years either living or studying/working within inner Sydney. If successful at our club level, the applicant then progresses to District 24, and on to the International award if awarded the District prize. District recipients receive US$1,500, and 10 international recipients are selected from the district/region recipients to receive awards of US$5,000 each.

To apply, it is recommended you can demonstrate evidence of –

  • Active commitment to volunteerism.
  • Experience in local government, student government, or workplace leadership (paid or unpaid).
  • Volunteer leadership achievements.
  • Knowledge of Zonta International and its programs.
  • Support in Zonta International’s mission of empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

If you wish to apply, you can find the application form below.

For further information, contact the club at

The deadline for applications for Zonta Club of Sydney is February 28th 2021. The International recipients will be announced by 1st July 2021.

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