The United States National Committee (USNC) for UN Women works through our volunteer board of directors, advisory council, local chapters and generous donors, to support UN Women projects that span 100 countries around the globe.
We are an independent non-profit, 501c3 organization that supports the mission of UN Women and social, political, and economic equality for women and girls around the world.
The USNC is one of 17 national committees that supports UN Women in their mission towards gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Our work includes:
- Advocating for funding for UN Women through the US Congress
- Educating communities around the country on global women’s issues
- Raising private funds to support the initiatives of UN Women
- Supporting legislation on global women’s issues, especially on leadership, economic participation, ending violence against women, and peace and stability
- Partnering with other National Committees, women’s groups, and like-minded organizations
- Creating local chapters and increasing membership to build support and funds for UN Women and global women’s rights
How We Do It
- Chapter members meet with their Congressional representatives in their districts and in Washington DC regularly to support funding for UN Women.
- At the national and chapter level, USNC mobilizes letter writing and postcard campaigns to Members of Congress in support of legislation, like the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA). This bill supports preventive efforts, such as economic and education opportunity programs to ensure that women avoid becoming victims of abuse. USNC also advocates for the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); the United States is the only country in the western hemisphere which has not ratified this document.
- Members work with local elected officials to support efforts to ensure gender equity in local legislation.
We Educate and Fundraise
- Hold annual campaignsacross the country, such as ‘Walks to End Violence against Women and Girls’
- Organize quarterly member meetings so that supporters can learn, network and engage in thought-provoking discussions and events about how we can empower ourselves and others to end violence, poverty and inequality.
- Form student groups designed to create future spokespersons for gender rights. An example is the Learners to Leaders Program, instituted by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. High School students are given membership in the organization, and in return may attend member events and are provided with workshops and retreats to give them exposure to the global scene.
- Sponsor events, especially around International Women’s Day and the 16 Days to End Violence Against Women, to raise awareness of women issues and raise money to support UN Women.
- Host local annual conferences in communities around the country to engage local community and corporate partners.
- Support women focused and produced films like Pray the Devil Back to Hell and Women, War and Peace.
- Work in partnership with UN agencies, International NGOs and civil society in our efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- Work jointly with such organizations as Amnesty International USA, Women Thrive Worldwide and Family Violence Prevention Fund in support of the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA).
UN Women is the United Nations entity responsible for promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality. It was formed in 2010 through the merger of UNIFEM and other small UN offices that had dealt with gender equality as part of a system-wide reform program.
The current Executive Director of UN Women is South African Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who took office in August 2013.
The main roles of UN Women are:
- To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in the formulation of policies, global standards and norms
- To help Member States implement these standards through technical and financial support and facilitating effective partnerships with civil society
- To hold the UN system accountable to its own commitments on gender equality
UN Women's priority areas are:
- Expanding women’s leadership and participation, particularly through formal institutions such as political parties and electoral processes
- Ending violence against women by enabling states to set up the mechanisms needed to formulate and enforce appropriate laws and services
- Strengthening the implementation of the Women, Peace And Security agenda
- Enhancing women’s economic empowerment
- Making gender equality priorities central to national, local and sectoral planning and budgeting
To find out more about UN Women, visit them online at www.unwomen.org
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**Photo at South Sudan Hospital courtesy of UN Photo