Gulf Coast Chapter - About Us

As a local Gulf Coast Chapter Member, you help actuate change at the global level. The work is real and effective. Please support your chapter events and change the lives of women everywhere.

Support your Chapter! Buy a TWE package, invite a friend, and enjoy some great films that not only educate, but inspire!

Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival

Announces a Fantastic Movie Lineup!


SARASOTA, FL - From powerlifting to power building, the films at Sarasota's TWE International Film Festival tell heroic stories of the transformational power of defying the odds.
The 18 
th Annual 
 Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival
(TWE) is Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2, at Regal Hollywood Stadium 20, 1993 Main St., Sarasota. Every year, TWE presents the very best in new, groundbreaking films by established and emerging filmmakers from around the world.
We have chosen 22 films (15 shorts and seven features) from more than 300 submissions. 
TWE ticket packages, tickets for the fabulous TWE Filmmakers' Reception, and the complete film lineup and schedule are available at The reception is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Sarasota City Center, 1819 Main Street.  Enjoy appetizers, wine and meet the filmmakers!  
Movies are a powerful tool for change because they create awareness. Support positive change for women, girls and communities by attending TWE and other local Gulf Coast Chapter USNC for UN Women programs, because real change is happening!
The past five years, with UN Women's assistance:
  • Women around the world gained seats in seven national elections
  • Twenty-six countries reformed laws and policies increasing women's access to economic assets and social protection
  • Thirty countries improved services for survivors of gender-based violence
  • Fifteen nations incorporated gender equality priorities in national plans and budgets 
  • A record 125 countries adopted laws against domestic violence
Real Work. Real Progress. 
Support women and girls around the world.
Happiness Walk A Success!
This year's Happiness Walk on March 18 raised almost $15,000! Dozens of participants enjoyed good company and beautiful weather, and walked to create awareness of the Gulf Coast Chapter and violence against women. The day was happy, indeed! Thank you to our membership and supporters!
Here are a few photos from the event:



Welcome to the

Gulf Coast Chapter, USNC-UN Women

USNC is the United States National Committee for UN Women. USNC is one of 14 National Committees that support UN Women in its mission towards gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The Gulf Coast Chapter membership consists of almost 200 members who are educated, well-travelled, local influencers engaged in the greater Sarasota-Manatee area cultural and social scene. All proceeds from Gulf Coast Chapter fundraisers go directly to support the activities of UN Women to promote social, political, and economic equality for women and girls spanning more than 100 countries around the globe. Recently, the USNC recognized the Gulf Coast Chapter in Sarasota for our efforts at raising the greatest total funds of any US chapter.


The Gulf Coast Chapter:

Raises funds to support the initiatives of UN Women

Educates the community about global women's issues and UN Women 

Advocates for U.S. policymakers to support UN Women and the implementation of international women's rights treaties


Upcoming Gulf Coast Chapter Events and Initiatives 

  • Our Cities for CEDAW initiative is working toward a coalition of US cities to adopt policies that create gender-equitable programs, budgets, and services that benefit us all. CEDAW is the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

  • The annual Through Women's Eyes Film Festival (TWE): April 1 and April 2 at Regal Hollywood Stadium 20, Sarasota. TWE set record attendance levels this past year! Every year, TWE presents the very best in new, groundbreaking films by established and emerging filmmakers from around the world. For more information, go to

  • The innovative L2L Learners to Leaders Program works with High School students locally, offering leadership opportunities and global awareness activities.

  • We are now supporting UN Women's HeForShe Campaign, a Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality, which engages men and boys directly, asking them to pledge support and work with us to build a new framework for men and women alike.

  • Gulf Coast Chapter Book Club: All are welcome. Meets every second Monday at the Sarasota North County Library from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The April book title is "Here Comes the Sun" by Nicole Dennis-Benn. For more information, contact Leita Kaldi Davis,

Your support will help GCC and UN Women make cities more livable, encourage women entrepreneurs to achieve economic freedom, build political leadership skills, and end violence against women and girls.


The United States National Committee (USNC) does a wonderful job detailing

UN Women projects:


The Gulf Coast Chapter, founded in 1993, is one of the largest U.S. National Committee Chapters. Through the volunteer work of our dedicated members, the Gulf Coast Chapter raises community awareness and funds for UN Women.


Chapter Contact Information

Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women
PO Box 4102
Sarasota, FL  34230
Phone: 941-365-1412