Past Events

Enjoy browsing through some of the events we've celebrated in the past.

Our March 2016 International Women's Day Celebration featured candid stories of  women's lives from Africa and Europe from the anthology 50 Women compiled by Jessica Buchleitner who joined us and was interviewed by guest emcee, Polina Hryn, co-host of the Laguna Beach radio program, Spoken Word, Spoken Song.

Annahita Mahdavi led a conversation on "How Empowerment Happens.”

Laura Siqueiros, from the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, will spotlight Latin American women artists whose intense works have been displayed in such prestigious galleries as the Guggenheim and the Tate Modern.

We also learned about a terrific program - Music in Common - which brings together young people from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds to strengthen, empower and educate themselves and audiences through the universal language of music.

CeCe Sloan delivered a short history of the iconic Chilean activist, poet and folk artist, Violeta Parra.

Lori Vandermeir (Head of Communications for the U.S. National Committee for UN Women) provided the update on the latest UN Women projects.

The poet Selma Mann, Adrienne Faye discussed her work with the Himalayan Children's Community and we screened an important documentary and enjoyed a lovely ethnic supper. The silent auction included women-made, original art and designs.

DATE: Sunday, March 6, 2016
TIME: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Clubhouse 1 (Laguna Woods)
COST: $35 (General)  $30 (Seniors)  $20 (Students)
RSVP: Email CeCe Sloan at or call (949) 683-1278

Celebrate International Human Rights Day and the 16 Days of Activism with us!

On December 10, we will be hosting a free screening of the documentary, CEDAW: The Secret Treaty. Produced by the Feminist Majority Foundation, this film shines a light on some of the injustices against women in the U.S. and around the world, and explains how U.S. ratification of the Convention would serve as a blueprint to address them.

We will also welcome Jane Roberts, author of "34 Million Friends of the Women of the World." Roberts' book elaborates on her grassroots proposal that people all over the world should commit to women's health, empowerment, and equality.

Friday, Dec. 10 - 7 to 9 pm
Clubhouse 5, Laguna Woods, CA
To RSVP and receive directions, contact CeCe Sloan at or 949-458-7967.

"When the world takes care of women, women take care of the world" - Jane Roberts

Let the SoCal chapter of UNIFEM-USNC wine and dine you with a French champagne supper celebrating women.

Come listen to culinary master Sylvain Touati discussing the regional foods of France being served that evening.


Enjoy the premiere performance of an original one-act bio-drama, "The Story of Olympe de Gouges, Reclaimed Champion of Women's Rights."

Actress Toni Redman will portray Olympe de Gouges, the beautiful and controversial French revolutionary feminist and author of the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen. 

Saturday, October 23, 2010
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Clubhouse 6, Laguna Woods Village
Laguna Woods, CA

Tickets: $40.00
(100% tax deductible)
Make checks payable to:

RSVP with your email address and phone number to:
Southern CA Chapter
P.O. Box 51531, Irvine, CA 92619-1531
Directions to Clubhouse 6 will be emailed to you upon receiving your reservation.

For more information, contact CeCe Sloan or (949) 683-1278


Join UNIFEM-USNC chapters across the United States in walking to raise money and awareness of UNIFEM's global programs to end violence against women.

Check out the Socal Walk page to register online with

April 17, 2010

8 am: Registration

8:30 am: Warm-up and Walk

Until April 15: $20 
On-site registration: $25
Dogs and kids under 12: Free 

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
28373 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA

Parking costs $3.00. Once you enter the park, parking is on the left. Please bring your own re-useable water bottle.

The Great American Write-In


April 10, 2010

9 am - 1 pm

Lakeview Senior Center

20 Lake Road, Irvine, CA

The S. CA chapter will unite with OC Now in asking participants to sign letters in support of US ratification of the Convention on the Elimination All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, CEDAW.

This event is free and open to the public.

March 9, 2010 - Celebrating International Women's Day

Women's Rights in Islamic Societies
Dr. Nayereh Tohidi
Cal State Northridge Professor of Gender and Women's Studies

7 pm
Pauling 216 - SOKA University
Aliso Viejo, CA

Co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Orange County


The County of San Diego Commission on the Status of Women presents

Forum on the Status of Women and Girls

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of California, San Diego


March 13, 2010

More details to follow.  


Women's Global Freedom:

Poverty, Class, and Ending Violence Against Women.



Saturday, January 9, 2010

10:15 am - 12:30 pm

Aliso Viejo Library

One Journey, Aliso Viejo

Donations accepted

Moderator: Sabrina Dalla Valle, M.F.A.
            Published writer & adjunct professor, Woodbury University, Los Angeles.

Lebanon: Bana Hilal
Iran: Safineh Tahmassebi
Peru: Luz Fehrle
Mexico: Claudia Lugo

Contact: CeCe Sloan, , 949-683-1278 or Kim Salter, , 949-230-1169


Join us for a screening of










Pray the Devil Back to Hell,


the inspiring story of Christian and Muslim women who came together to help end Liberia's civil war. Staging silents protests in front of the Presidential Palace, their actions played a key role in bringing about a lasting peace agreement.






October 24, 2009







Chapman University

Dodge College of Film/Marion Knott Studios

283 North Cypress Street

Orange, CA, 92866





1:00-2:00 - Reception with local organizers

2:00-3:00 - Film

3:00-3:30 - Discussion with Dove Pressnall

Founder of Survivors' Truths




$10 Seniors/Students

$12 General Admission





Parking is available in the Marion Knott Studios lot by purchasing a temporary parking permit for $2. The permit machine is located at the rear of the building (it is a large yellow box). There is also free parking on the streets surronding the studios.



For more information, contact:

CeCe Sloan,, (949) 683-1278


Kim Salter,



Walk to End Violence

Against Women!




 Join us on Saturday, June 6, at 9 am for a fun, 5-mile walk along Huntington Beach to take a stand against gender-based violence for UNIFEM's Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women.




Day of Event: We will meet at 8:45 am at the Huntington Beach State Park parking lot at the corner of PCH and Magnolia and leave by 9:05 am at the latest. (Parking is $10 but you can park on Magnolia for free.) 




Minimum Event Fee: $10.  You can donate more or ask family and friends to sponsor you.  Payment is due the day of the event. Please bring a check payable to UNIFEM-USNC.




Registration: To participate, contact Stephanie Pacheco at or 714-963-1658, although reservations are not required.


Celebrate Women & Girls Living Their Dreams


We hope you can JOIN US this SUNDAY, May 3rd

10:30AM to 2:30PM

Soroptimist International of New Harbor Area

joins with OC Unifem and the

Art Miles Mural Project

in celebrating women at the

Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter

1963 Wallace Ave, Costa Mesa, CA


Share your visions of hope, peace, and celebration by helping Newport Beach/Harbor area Soroptimists, Unifem & community members, and the families at the Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter create a mural for the Women's Art Mile.


"The Women's Mural Mural Mile brings together the incredible women of this world whose strength, compassion, suffering, initiative and quest for peace will be the light that will lead us to world peace.  It is we, the women of the world who must work even harder to preserve our planet, and teach our children to love, not hate."


Visit: for information on this word wide mural project, slated to be unveiled on December 10, 2010, International Human Rights Day, in the form of 12 miles of mural art built into a fourth pyramid in Giza, Egypt.  The art mural will then travel to eight major cities.

Bring your creativity, artist smock, and sunblock!

Contact Wendy Kaiser with questions at cell 949-202-7273

Dec 10, 2008


Support the march toward gender equality across the globe! Join the S. CA chapter of UNIFEM/USNC in commemorating the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights with 2 special performances of "Now That She's Gone," a one-woman written and performed by Ellen Snortland.

Two Performances Only
Dec. 10 - 2:00 pm
Redwood Room - Laguna Woods Community Center
34351 El Toro Rd.
Laguna Woods, CA 92637
Admission $15 - Light refreshments

Dec. 10 - 7:00 pm
Clubhouse 6 Stage Ballroom
5365 Algarrobo
Laguna Woods, CA 92637
Admission $25 - dessert and refreshments

RSVP: or UNIFEM/USA/SoCal, PO Box 51531, Irvine, CA 92619
Day of event: 949-597-4436

Co-sponsors include:
AAUW - Laguna Hills Branch
Soroptimist International - Newport Harbor Area
United Nations Association - Orange County
American Pen Women - Laguna Beach Branch
Women For: OC
Zonta International
National Council of Women



Saturday, July 12, 2008

Walk 5 Miles to End Violence Against Women!

The S. CA chapter of UNIFEM/USNC will hike 5 miles along Huntington Beach to raise money and awareness of UNIFEM and the Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women.


Participants will meet at the Huntington Beach State Park parking lot at the
corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Magnolia (look for a sign on a black
Prius parked towards the street, about a block from the entrance). Parking
is $10, but you can park on Magnolia for free if you wish to walk to the
starting point; allow time to reach the beach. We'll provide some safety
pins to attach the "2008 Annual Walks To End Violence Against Women and
Girls" (paper) sign to your t-shirt if you wish for the walk. Or you may
bring your own sign.

To participate:

Each participant will contribute $10 (or more if you wish) the day of the event, and can also ask others to sponsor them for $10 (or more; in fact, you may want to contribute more than $10, then ask for matching funds). All checks must be turned in at the beginning of the walk and payable to UNIFEM/USA.

If you can't make this date, you can organize your own walk at a date and
location of your choice by clicking here or you can contribute without walking here.


Saturday, March 15


Wearable Arts III - A Fitting Cause


An attendee models her new jacket


Wearable Arts Artist - Julie Watrous

Embellished Jackets, Vests and Purses


Wearable Arts Artist - Phyllis Clark

Necklaces Galore


Wearable Arts Artist - Barbara de Jounge

Contemporary Designs


Buy local, support global! Thirteen local artists and designers will

showcase their fibre arts and jewelry on a one-day show and sale to benefit UNIFEM and its programs for women in over 100 countries. A raffle
featuring original designs from each artist will also be held.


Artists include:
Melinda Alexander - Metalsmith
Judith Baer - Couture Finished Contemporary Apparel
Erica Batchelder - Accessories
Olivia Batchelder - Hand Painted Silks
Phyllis Clark - Necklaces Galore
Barbara de Jounge - Contemporary Designs
Rachel Goberman - Hand-fabricated Jewelry
Michelle Hoffee - Hand-spun Yarns and Wearables
Helen McNamara - Handmade Knitted and Jeweled Shawls
Edith Otto - Hats Hats Hats
Gretchen Schields - Sculptural Exotic Jewelry
Sonia Silver - Knitted Accessories
Julie Watrous- Embellished Jackets, Vests and Purses





February 16, 2008

The S. CA chapter of UNIFEM/USNC and SOKA University presented a morning discussion on violence against women in Latin America. Lucia Munoz, founder of Mujeres Iniciando en Las Americas (Women Initiating in the Americas), gave a talk entitled "Women in Guatemala: Hidden in Plain Sight." The event also highlighted UNIFEM's Safe Cities in Latin America program, which aims to free cities from violence against women in public as well as private spaces.



Additional Speakers

Pat McCully, Founder, Circulo de Amigas (Circle of Friends), Nicaragua

Masako Delalieu, Chairperson, Amnesty International Club; Student, Soka University
Diana Wells, Student, Department of Women's Studies, Soka University


October 27, 2007




Sunday, July 29 at 4 p.m.


A Look at Women's Reproductive Rights Around the Globe

UNIFEM/USA/Socal and Women For: OC hosted a discussion of world population stabilization efforts and women's reproductive rights. The meeting began withthe film "No Vacancy," followed by a discussion led by the film's director, Bob Gillespie.


June 3, 2007


Southern California UNIFEM/USNC Chapter held a Celebration on June 3rd, 2007. The evening was a time to reflect on the efforts of members in developing the now 2 year old chapter, acknowledge the work of members in supporting UNIFEM and other meaningful projects. A special 'thank you' was given to Nadim Shahidi, who has been a contributor to every event the chapter has held.


Chapter friend Carolyn Verleur provided her lovely home, with a view to the Pacific Ocean, and conversations were accompanied by the singing of Sherry Williams, and her accompanist Stuart Elster. A truly lovely evening in southern California!


click here for additional pictures


March 24, 2007

Great American Write-In

Participants wrote letters to congressional representatives and the President in support of CEDAW.



March 17, 2007





Wearable Art and Artful Objects, our second annual spring fundraiser, will showcase some of Orange County's most exciting artists! Proceeds will go to UN Trust Fund projects that address the twin pandemics of HIV/AIDS and violence against women.

Shepherd of the Hills UCC Church

30121 Niguel Road

Laguna Niguel, CA


Artists contributing to Wearable Art and Artful Objects

Brigette Luna Antonelli - Jewelry
Grace Barrack - Art Glass Objects
Erica Batchelder -Silk Accessories
Olivia Batchelder - Silk Apparel
Bozenna Bojucki - Mesh Handbags
Pochan Boysen - Designed Handsewn Accessories
Anne Brooks - Fibre Arts
Seward Clark - Ceramic Art
Joanell Connolly - Silk Paintings
Barbara de Jounge - Contemporary design clothing
Rachel Goberman - Jewelry
Aimee Golant - Handcrafted Metals & Judaica
Kelley Havens - Handcrafted Glass Mosaics
Carolyn Machado - Neck Adornments
Carol Martens - Whimsical & Functional Pottery
Helen McNamara - Shawls & Accessories
Sonia Silver - Knitted Accessories
Lisette Thierry – Jewelry

Click here for additional information

Wearable Arts Logo and Graphics by: Christian Hoffman



December 2, 2006

Community Room, Aliso Viejo Library


Women at the Center: The HIV/AIDS Crisis in South Africa


In honor of World AIDS Day, the SoCal chapter of UNIFEM/USA held their final event for 2006. The 5th Quarterly Meeting of "Stepping Forward: A Global Look at Women's Progress" focused on HIV/AIDS as it pertains to women and children in South Africa. Dr. Gabriella Miotto, Tia's Arms board member, family physician, and public health care specialist, not only spoke about how women and girls are at special risk for contracting HIV/AIDS but also how they are leaders in fighting the epidemic.




November 11, 2006


UNIFEM/USNC SoCal and Women For Orange County welcomed founding members of the Denver-based peace group, Mothers Acting up! ( to share their experiences in staging Mother's Day Parades and Girlcotts, and deliver an original live performance of "The Mother Load."




Community Room, Aliso Viejo Library


Stepping Forward: A Global Look at Women's Progress

The Southern California Chapter’s 4th Quarterly Meeting of Stepping Forward: A Global Look at Women's Progress with a focus on Kenya. We were honored to welcome Njeeri wa Ngugi, Director, UCI Faculty and Staff Counseling Center, as our speaker. A native of Kenya, Njeeri wa Ngugi discussed issues of violence against women and the legal system's response in Kenya.


September 23, 2006


UNIFEM/USNC/SoCal Vice President, Maggie Forster Schmitz, joins UNIFEM/USNC/SoCal President, CeCe Sloan, at the first SoCal Annual Walk to support the Trust Fund

El Dorado East Regional Park


This year, UNIFEM/USNC SoCal participated in Be the Cause's Walk for Hope as part of UNIFEM/USNC's Annual Walk to Benefit the UN Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence Against Women. Proceeds from the walk went to the Trust Fund, which supports projects aimed specifically at preventing and eliminating violence against women.


September 30, 2006