March 2012 Call-in Day

The U.S. National Committee for UN Women (USNC-UN Women)
2012 Call In Day
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

On Tuesday, March 20th USNC Chapters and other UN Women supporters are letting Congress know that more financial support is needed.  If you need contact information for your representatives, click here for a directory.

Call and Ask to speak to the Staffer who handles Global Issues.  Be prepared to give:
•    Name
•    City/State
•    Affiliations (he/she may ask are you calling with a group)

Request:  Support UN Women with $10 million dollars
President Obama requested $7.5 million dollars for UN Women in the budget and while we understand the tremendous requests for funding, I am asking for a modest increase to $10 million dollars for FY 2013.  Every dollar given to UN Women is maximized locally in developing countries through education and violence prevention projects and economic empowerment programs. 

Background to Make the Case
UN Women is making a difference with limited resources
•    Empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurring productivity and growth. UN Women’s Results-Based Initiatives (RBIs) pilot innovative programs that support and measure women’s economic empowerment, such as in Kenya where 850 Maasai women producers of traditional beadwork are cultivating entrepreneurial skills to build their export competitiveness.
•    UN Women’s Global Programme on Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women focuses on reducing sexual harassment and violence in urban public spaces, through community empowerment and partnerships with local authorities. In Sudan, UN Women has partnered with the UN Mission in Darfur, local police, and tribal leaders in training women in refugee camps to protect themselves from sexual violence and recruited 500 female police officers for Southern Sudan.
•    UN Women supports the development of national frameworks, such as constitutions, laws, and policies, which advance women’s human rights. In Thailand, working with the judicial staff in the Criminal Court has resulted in increased commitment to enforce the Domestic Violence Act, and rearrangement of courtrooms using partitions and cameras now protects the survivor from directly encountering the perpetrator.

Conclude Call
•    Thank him or her for their time for speaking with you
•    Remind them that you will follow up when the House or Senate bills are offered.

Background on UN Women

The main roles of UN Women are:
•    To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms.
•    To help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society.
•    To hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality, including regular monitoring of system-wide progress.

Gender equality is not only a basic human right, but its achievement has enormous socio-economic ramifications. Empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurring productivity and growth.  Yet, gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched in every society. Women lack access to decent work and face occupational segregation and gender wage gaps. They are too often denied access to basic education and health care. Women in all parts of the world suffer violence and discrimination. They are under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes.

For many years, the UN has faced serious challenges in its efforts to promote gender equality globally, including inadequate funding and no single recognized driver to direct UN activities on gender equality issues.  UN Women was created to address such challenges. It will be a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls, providing them with a powerful voice at the global, regional and local levels.
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the UN Charter, UN Women, among other issues, works for the:
•    elimination of discrimination against women and girls;
•    empowerment of women; and
•    achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.