Programs and Events


UN Women USNC North Carolina's 4th Annual Luncheon

The theme for this year's event is "Healthcare for Women." The objective is to inform, empower and champion healthcare services for women on a local, national and global scale through our shared experiences. The luncheon will also provide a platform for meaningful conversation, panel discussions and sharing of knowledge.
Lunch will be served at the historic North Carolina Executive Mansion.

Guest Speakers


Dr. Mandy Cohen

Secretary of the NC Department of Health & Human Services


Rebecca Kohler
MPH and Senior VP for Corporate Strategy at Intrahealth International

Dr. Wendee Wechsberg
Director, RTI International Global Gender Center


When: September, 26th 2017


Where: The North Carolina Executive Mansion

200 N Blount Street

Raleigh, North Carolina 27601



The Chapter looks forward to connecting with local women's advocacy groups and individuals in the community interested in furthering gender equality globally!


Past Events


Join us and learn the skills needed to master the art of juggling. It takes continuous refinement, courage, collaboration, creativity, leadership, and celebrations along the way. 

Guest Speakers

Paula Brown Stafford
 Retired President of Clinical Development Quintiles

Lisa T. Grimes
President & CEO PurThread Technologies

Tsegga Medhin
UN Women USNC North Carolina Chapter President

When: March, 23rd 2017


Where: Prestonwood Country Club

300 Prestonwood Parkway

Cary, North Carolina 27513 

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When A Woman Leads

NC Chapter UN Women USNC 3rd Annual Executive Mansion Luncheon

Featuring ATHENA International founder, Martha Mertz, and Dr. Ida Odinga, founder and past chair Kenya League of Women Voters and wife of Kenyan presidential candidate and former Prime Minister, Rt. Honorable Raila Odinga

This event has been established to raise awareness, encourage activism and enable networking among women leaders.

This year's event, "When A Woman Leads" will highlight, celebrate and encourage economic empowerment for women with the outstanding leaders, Martha Mertz and Dr. Ida Odinga speaking of their experiences. Following their remarks, they will join a panel discussion moderated by Steven Pearson IBM Manager for Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs NC, SC, WV including local business woman Carmen Ritz, ATHENA of the Triangle 2016 Powerlink recipient, to discuss questions on how to support the development of women leaders and advancement of women in business. 

The annual luncheon is a truly unique experience that brings an eclectic group of women from across North Carolina to participate in a mindful dialogue that will inspire change and embolden women to take up leadership roles and positions. The objective is to bolster leadership, embolden women, and advocat for the potential of women leaders in North Carolina and across the world. The luncheon will also provide a platform for meaningful conversation, panel discussions and sharing of knowledge.

Won't you join us?

When: Friday, September 30th from 11:30A.M. to 1:30P.M.

Cost: $30, Students and Educators $20.

Where: The North Carolina Governor's Mansion, 200 N Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27603



Watch. Connect. A Call To Action...  Join us for these three free screenings of these award winning films that highlight women's rights and challenge gender traditions and power structures.  


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From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama DIFRET, based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country's advancement of equal rights. Watch the trailer. 

Friday, February 26th, Griffith Theater, The Bryan Center at Duke University. Reception 6PM / Screening 7 PM (no RSVP neccessary)
This event includes Q&A with Dr. Mehret Mandefro, the executive producer of the film!
February 29th, Greensboro, Center for Creative Leadership
Engage in our dialogue about child marriage, not as a human rights violation but also how it is relevant to; leadership and how it can make a difference in leading self, leading with others in the community, and changing our world. The impact and threat to our National Security and to the prosperity and stability of countries in which it is prevalent and undermines U.S. development and foreign policy priorities. Your voice and perspectives are priceless. We ask that you add your voice to enhance the dialogue and conversation around developing women leaders.

Tuesday, March 8th, Sweet Dreams

Location: Wilmington, John T. Hoggard High School. Doors open at 6:30. Event begins promptly at 7pm. (RSVP)

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Powerful sounds pierce the silence of the Rwandan countryside. Curious children gawk outside the gate. This is something new in Rwanda- a group of women, 60 strong, pounding out rhythms of power and joy. Watch the trailer.


Sunday, April 24, 2016


The 7th Annual Walk to End Violence Against Women and Girls in Wilmington, NC will be held on Sunday, April 24th, from 1-4pm at Hugh McRae Park, Shelter #5, rain or shine. Check-in starts at NOON.

Advance registration is $15 for adults, children and students (12 and over), no fee for walkers younger than 12 (without a T-shirt). Walkers who register after April 4 will receive a T-shirt only if available. Onsite registration is an additional $5. Register at


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

You are invited to join USNC-UNWOMEN NC at the NC Women United's holiday party on Tuesday, December 01, 5:30-7:30pm at the NC State University Club in Raleigh. Bring your holiday cheer as as celebrate advocacy! Food and drinks provided.
RSVP today! Share with your friends via Facebook event.


Calendar of Past Events


Tuesday, September 22, 2015



The N.C. Chapter of the U.S. National Committee of United Nations Women invites you to our learning and engagement luncheon "Learn Like a Girl: Gender, Education, Empowerment".    The program features local, national and international policymakers whose work impacts educational opportunities for women and girls including Andrea Conner, founder of Learn and Lead Globally; June Atkinson, State Superintendent of North Carolina; and Josh Stein, North Carolina Senator and Minority Whip.  The panel discussion will be moderated by Tina Wilson, IBM Manager of Corporate Citizenship & Affairs.  

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, NOON - 2:00 (door opens at 11:30AM, lunch & networking at NOON, program starts at 12:45PM)

Location: North Carolina Executive Mansion, 200 N. Blount Street, Raleigh

Fee: $30 per person general; $20 for students

Gender-based educational discrimination against women and girls occurs in every country in the world, even in the U.S., even in North Carolina. The issues include a vast range of related exclusions including limited access to school, religious-based exclusions against the education of girls, discouraging girls from entering STEM fields, sexual harassment, and the high rates of rape in colleges and universities. The conversations that we begin at Learn Like a Girl: Gender, Education, Empowerment will provide participants with information and opportunities to address gender-based educational disparities.  

The NC Chapter of U.S. National Committee for UN Women offers a range of programming designed to create equality for women and girls. Participants will have the opportunity to engage these policymakers about the issues that define educational opportunities for women and girls in North Carolina, in the U.S. and beyond.  As Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General has noted "When we unleash the power of women, we can secure a future for all." Join us for this important conversation to understand how you can support educational empowerment for women and girls worldwide and make a difference in your local communities.

E-mail us at if you have any questions.  The flyer of the luncheon is available for your use.  


June 26-28, 2015 U.S. National Committee for UN Women's Annual National Conference and Board Meeting (see recap and photos)


April 26, 2015 Sixth Annual Walk to End Violence Against Women & Girls with UNA-USA, The Links, Inc. and UNC Wilmington.  

March 24, 2015 Screening of “I am a Girl” with NC State University


January 16, 2015 Welcome Reception for USNC for UN Women Board with NC  Council for Women (see photos)


November 24, 2014 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence: Screening of “Men Are Human, Women Are Buffalo”  and discussion with Kiran, Inc with UNC CH


September 24, 2014 Talking Back: A Conversation about Women with NC Policy Makers (see photos)