Young Female Changemakers Recognized for Activism and Service

OAK BROOK, Ill., Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Zonta International recently awarded 31 young women from 18 countries with its Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award for the academic year 2020-2021. Chosen from nearly 850 applicants worldwide, these young women have demonstrated a commitment to the volunteer sector and a dedication to empowering women and girls through service and advocacy.

Young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service. That is why Zonta International offers the YWPA Award to 16 – 19-year-old young women across the globe for demonstrating leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes. This year’s awardees are addressing racial inequality in the United States, health care for Syrian refugees, environmental sustainability, gender inequality, menstruation stigma, poverty and more. Read more about them at https://

Ten international YWPA Award recipients were awarded US$6,500, while 21 district and region recipients received US$1,500. “I am very impressed with the caliber of recipients of this award,” said Janet Hope, Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award Committee chairman from New Zealand. “These are our young women leaders of the future who are already making positive changes and empowering women and girls in their local communities.”

2020 YWPA Award International Recipients:

  • Juanita Alabi, Ghana
  • Dipisha Bhujel, Nepal
  • Anaika Chopra, United Kingdom
  • Peoly Gunaratne, Australia
  • Emma Lehbib, Germany
  • Leung Ka Chi, United States
  • Daria Nastasia, United States
  • Guadalupe Roman, United States
  • Kennedy Walls, United States
  • E Wen Wong, New Zealand

District/Region Recipients:

  • Freya Abraham, United States
  • Embla Blöndal Ásgeirsdóttir, Iceland
  • Pauline Becker, Germany
  • Isobel Cameron, Canada
  • Anna Given, United States
  • Danika Gordon, United States
  • Sanae Goto, Japan
  • Haidyn Hall, United States
  • Ying Chi Huang, Taiwan (ROC)
  • Hannah Johnston, United States
  • Saichidroopi Korada, United States
  • Seo Yoon Lim, South Korea
  • Britney Pham, Australia
  • Kaari Pulst, Estonia
  • Faith Roche, Australia
  • Sarah Rolling, United States
  • Linnea Svensson Rotberg, United States and Sweden
  • Elena Schmid, Switzerland
  • Leonarda Smigmator, Croatia
  • Ava Szollosy, Canada
  • Elizabeth Wong, United States

The YWPA Award was established in 1990 by Past Zonta International President Leneen Forde. Since then, Zonta has given 971 awards, totaling more than US$1.1 million, through donations made to the Zonta International Foundation.

More information about the YWPA Award, including the 2021 application, can be found at

Zonta International ( is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. In 1919, a small group of founders in Buffalo, New York, had a vision to help all women realize greater equality. Today, more than 28,000 members in 61 countries work together to make gender equality a worldwide reality for women and girls. Since 1923, Zonta International has provided more than US$59 million to empower women and girls and expand their access to education, health care, economic opportunities and safe living conditions.

Megan Radavich
Assistant Executive Director, Programs & Advocacy
Zonta International
Phone: +1.630.320.7072

SOURCE Zonta International

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