National Capital Chapter

Welcome to the USNC for UN Women National Capital Chapter profile.  We are the voice in Maryland, Virginia, and the Distric of Columbia establishing events and advocacy actions that help raise awareness and critical funding for the work of UN Women and USNC.
 
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SDG 5: Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls

The sustainable development goals seek to change the course of the 21st century, addressing key challenges such as poverty, inequality, and violence against women.

Women have a critical role to play in all of the SDGs, with many targets specifically recognizing women’s equality and empowerment as both the objective, and as part of the solution. Goal 5 is known as the stand-alone gender goal because it is dedicated to achieving these ends.

 

Sexual harassment is prevalent in many public spaces, including in the neighbourhood of Payatas, which has a high level of poverty, unemployment, drug use, trafficking, and robberies. When women and girls are robbed in Payatas, they are often grabbed from behind and groped by male perpetrators during the robbery.  Aware of this, many girls may fear leaving home. “I’ve been asked for my name and number by strangers,” said a young secondary school student in the neighbourhood of Bagong Silangan, Quezon City. “When I notice a group of men on the street and I am [about to pass them], I get scared. I make a turn to avoid them. Even if it means taking a longer walk going home. I also get scared of our community because a lot of fights happen there. So I rarely leave the house.”

 
 

Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death. It negatively affects women’s general well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families, the community and the country at large. It has tremendous costs, from greater health care and legal expenses and losses in productivity, impacting national budgets and overall development.

 

 

 

ABOUT NATIONAL CAPITAL CHAPTER

The National Capital Chapter is one of thirteen chapters in the United States working to support the US National Committee's mission of "working toward a world where women live free from violence, poverty and inequality."

Together with the U.S. National Committee for UN Women, the National Capital Chapter raises funds and awareness to support UN Women’s projects around the world, enhancing women's economic and security rights, ending violence against women, reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among women and girls, and advancing gender justice in democratic governance in stable and fragile states.

Interested in volunteering and learning more about the National Capital Chapter? National Capital Chapter board members and volunteers hold monthly meetings each month. If you are interested in attending please email nationalcapital@unwomen-usnc.org for the date and location of our next monthly meeting.

 

Board of Directors


CeCe Cole, President


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