Chicago Chapter

Now Accepting 2017 Board Applications! Deadline: March 2

Vice-President of Development
Vice-President of Membership
Director of Marketing and Communications
Director at Large
We will begin accepting committee applications following our board elections on April 1.


Support Chicago's adoption of CEDAW

The USNC-UN Women Chicago Chapter is proud to join USNC chapters across the United States in advocating for a local ordinance supporting the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against WomenSee the letter sent by our chapter to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chapter members may also download our template letter to customize.

2016 Gender Equality Awards Party 

at Lagunitas Brewing Company

The USNC-UN Women Chicago Chapter hosted its inaugural awards ceremony celebrating those fighting for gender equality in the Chicagoland area on UN Day, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. The awards recognized local men embodying the spirit of UN Women's #HeForShe campaign. Thanks to our generous donors and attendees, over $2,100 was raised in support of UN Women's hurricane relief efforts in Haiti. Read more about the event on our blog!

Congratulations to our 2016 Gender Equality Award Winners:

  • Connor Jackson, volunteer with Illinoice Choice Action Team
  • Caleb Probst, educator with the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
  • Nikhil Trivedi, volunteer with Rape Victim Advocates

Left to right: Connor Jackson, Caleb Probst and nikhil trivedi.

Left to right: Connor Jackson, Caleb Probst and Nikhil Trivedi. Oct. 24, 2016

If you are interested in volunteering or partnering with us as a sponsor on future events, please email .


The Chicago Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women seeks an experienced fundraising/development professional to join our Board of Directors. The Vice-President of Development chairs the Development committee and leads the chapter's efforts to raise funds to support the purposes of the organization. The VP of Development oversees the Development committee's efforts to solidify business sponsorships/partnerships in support of chapter events, activities, and general operations, and oversees committee members on related tasks. 

To apply, please send a statement of interest and resume to .

Women in Politics:

Trending Towards Equal Representation

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 for our panel on Women in Politics! Thank you also to Woman Made Gallery for allowing us to use their wonderful space, and especially to our fantastic and inspiring panelists, who discussed how gender parity in American politics could impact public policy, advice for women considering a political future, and why more women are needed in politics both locally and globally. 

Our panel included (as pictured above, left to right):

Amy CrawfordDeputy Director, Cook County Department of Human Rights and Ethics

Nancy Rodkin RoteringMayor, City of Highland Park

The Honorable Geraldine A. D'SouzaAssociate Judge, State of Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County

Alice EaglyJames Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences & Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University 

Marina Faz-HuppertDistrict Director, Office of Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth


2016 Event Highlights

We had a great time advocating in support of HeForShe and greater federal funding of UN Women at our chapter's 2nd Birthday Party and HeForShe Celebration!
The event was held on April 28 at Fremont, where attendees customized signs in support of HeForShe and also signed letters to congress advocating support of $14 million in funds for UN Women for FY2017.


Our first-ever panel event was held Jan. 21, 2016. The panel's topic was ISIS, the refugee crisis, and the impact on women and girls. The venue was packed and our panelists provided excellent insight on the issues faced by refugees, and female refugees in particular. 
Special thanks to our panelists, Michael LaConte Gallery, and the local artists who donated pieces for our silent auction to help raise funds for UN Women!



The Chicago Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women was founded in April 2014 with the goal of becoming involved in critical UN Women projects.

Committed to raising awareness and funds through Chicago-based events and partnerships with local businesses, the Chicago Chapter actively supports UN Women's mission to:

    Reduce feminized poverty
    End violence against women
    Halt the spread of HIV/AIDS among women and girls
    Achieve gender equality in democratic governance

And if you decide to become a U.S. National Committee for UN Women
member, you will be making both a contribution and a connection to women around the world, supporting crucial programs in countries where women's voices are silenced.


To request regular news and events updates from the Chicago Chapter, or to inquire about ways to get involved, please email . You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.