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
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
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
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
$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, firstname.lastname@example.org, (949) 683-1278
Kim Salter, email@example.com
Walk to End Violence
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: www.artmiles.org 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
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.
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.
An attendee models her new jacket
Wearable Arts Artist - Julie Watrous
Embellished Jackets, Vests and Purses
Wearable Arts Artist - Phyllis Clark
Wearable Arts Artist - Barbara de Jounge
Buy local, support global! Thirteen local artists and designers will
February 16, 2008
Pat McCully, Founder, Circulo de Amigas (Circle of Friends), Nicaragua
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!
March 24, 2007
Great American Write-In
Participants wrote letters to congressional representatives and the President in support of CEDAW.
March 17, 2007
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
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! (www.mothersactingup.org) 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
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