Chicago Chapter


Take on a leadership role with USNC-Chicago in 2018:

Join our Board of Directors, or a Committee!


Are you ready to make a difference for women and girls? The Chicago Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women is now accepting applications for our 2018 board vacancies!


Available positions:


  • Vice-President of Development
  • Treasurer
  • Director at Large
  • Director of Marketing & Communications (immediate vacancy)
  • Director of Public Affairs

View the full details on available positions here. Applicants should submit a completed Application Form, Statement of Service, resume, and statement of interest no later than Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Applicants are also asked to review our chapter bylaws, available here.


We also have a wide variety of committee opportunities available for the 2018-2019 year. Full details on committee responsibilities can be found here.


Send any questions to .


We look forward to working with you!






The Chicago Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women invites you to Vice District on Monday, Nov. 27 for our second annual Gender Equality Awards celebration: Making Magic for Gender Equality!

Join us for an unforgettable evening of food and drinks, amazing silent auction items (Bulls and Blackhawks tickets, anyone?), an awards ceremony honoring local changemakers working to end gender-based violence — and, yes, even a bit of magic!

We're thrilled to welcome guest speaker Pablo Castillo Diaz, a UN Women Policy Specialist focusing on sexual and gender-based violence, and Jeanette Andrews, an acclaimed local magician performing live magic throughout the evening. 

All event proceeds support UN Women programs benefiting women and girls around the world.

We hope you'll join us on Nov. 27 and help make some magic for gender equality. Note that space is limited — grab your tickets before they disappear!




Chicago to host USNC National Conference

We are thrilled to announce the 2017 National Conference for the US National Committee for UN Women will be held in Chicago on Saturday, June 24, at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago! The annual meeting allows chapters to come together and strategize around advocacy, education, and fundraising inititives in support of UN Women's vital work. 

The day's events include the national membership meeting, a separate meeting for chapters, and lunch featuring guest speaker Pablo Castillo-Diaz,a Policy Specialist on UN Women's Peace and Security team.

The conference is free to attend, but is only open to members of the USNC. Not a member yet? Sign up here, then RSVP for the conference.

We hope you will join us in showcasing Chicago as a world leader on behalf of gender equality, and connect with UN Women supporters from across the United States!

Note: a headcount on attendees is needed, so please be sure to RSVP.


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.