Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award

Though about 40 percent of the world’s workforce is women, according to data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, only 24.9% of all national parliamentarians were female as of 1 August 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.


The Zonta “Youth Award” is aimed at all young women between the ages of 16 and 19. Outstanding social engagement is the key to promoting Zonta International. The 2023 call is available and applications will be accepted until March 2023. Please ask your local Zonta Club for the exact closing date.

1 application, 3 options


The program operates at the Zonta club, district and international levels. Zonta clubs provide awards for club recipients. All young women who win a club award will automatically apply for the district award (US $ 1,500.00 for school and study use) and then maybe even one of 10 Zonta International awards from US $ 5,000.00 for school and study purposes.


Send club winner applications to:

Young Women in Public Affairs Chair

Birgit Farnleitner, ZC Wien Parkring


You will find more information on the Zonta International website.

The application and promotion materials 2024 in English:

YWPA Award 2019 District Winner Svea Victoria

Young women often do a lot more than they realize and do not always talk about. The District 14 winner of 2019, Svea Victoria, would like to use a short video to encourage all girls and explain why they should apply.