Club members mingling with guests at the Rose Day Cinema event.

Club President Sabine Peters standing in front of the memorial plaque with the city's deputy mayor.
Zonta Club of Vienna I hosts Rose Day cinema event and honors Zontian Lydia Sicher

On the eve of Rose Day, the Zonta Club of Vienna I, Austria, organized a fundraising cinema event at the Village Cinemas Wien Mitte to screen Freibad. Freibad is a rousing comedy by award-winning director Doris Dörrie, who creates a brightly colored microcosm of our society with a brilliant ensemble and raises the question with a lot of wit and insight about whether we are as tolerant as we always believe. All proceeds will help support a swim workshop for Afghan women in keeping with the film.

Over snacks and drinks post-film, there was an opportunity to exchange ideas, discussions and lively conversations. The club is thankful for all donations, all helpers, the cinema for the unrestricted use of the cinema and the initiative "Our Game for Human Rights" for supporting the buffet.

Honoring Zontian Lydia Sicher
On International Women's Day, the club unveiled a permanent memorial plaque for Lydia Sicher, a pioneer of psychiatry who was the club's founding president and established the first Zonta club in Europe. 

For her dedication and work for Zonta and women's rights, the club campaigned for a street in Seestadt Aspern named after her and erected a commemorative plaque. The unveiling brought much visibility to the club and spread awareness of Zonta. The event was attended by representatives of Viennese Zontians and guests from business, administration and local associations. Vienna's deputy mayor, a well-known gender advocate who is passionate about solving local women issues, share the event. After the ceremonial unveiling, a reception took place in the VHS Seestadt.