Winter Walk

  • Gulf Coast Chapter Membership

  • Sarasota, Florida


Walk with Us
Raising Awareness About 
Violence Against Women
Saturday, March 10, 2018

We want to send a warm thank you to all those who participated in the walk and to those who donated to USNC for UN Women programs! Special thanks to Dr. Allison Menezes of Coastal Eye Institute and Cafe in the Park for their support.

Because of your efforts, we were able to raise about $14,000! We walk not only to educate and advocate. We walk to raise valuable funds to support UN Women programs which fight inequality and violence at its roots and provide support for women experiencing violence. 

Each year, the Gulf Coast Chapter USNC for UN Women walks to raise awareness about violence against women 
- and to raise funds for programs to combat the problem.
Why do we walk? 
Because women and girls continue to be harmed and exploited. Worldwide, 35% of women experience physical and/or sexual intimate violence during their lifetime. That's more than one third of all women! 
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!  


Gulf Coast Chapter: USNC for UN Women Co-sponsors Panel

"Gender Rights as Human Rights: Where are We in 2016?"

Gender Rights as Human Rights - both locally and globally - was the topic of a panel discussion October 26 at the University of South Florida Sarasota- Manatee. Five panelists shared their experiences and expertise regarding women’s issues in our own local communities and in villages as far away as India and Africa. The Gulf Coast Chapter co-sponsored this event.

Photo Below: E. Scott Osborne, Esq., Advocacy Director for UN Women/USNC, Gulf Coast Chapter, discussed women in India and how cultural influences can be at odds with the country’s democratic governmental and legal structure.

Photo below: Osborne joined panel members (from right), Jody L. McBrien, Associate Professor at USFSM; Leen al-Fatafta, a student at New College; Phillip Wagner, Professor USFSM; and Noelle Polk Clark, Advocacy Director, UN Association, Tampa Bay Chapter.

Prof. McBrien told stories of how women with whom she works in rural Africa are making real gains by focusing on health, education and economic opportunities in their communities.

Leen al-Fatafta shared her story of being an Arab Feminist, an internal compass she was raised with and has carried with her in her travels and studies. She talked about the place of feminism throughout the history of Islam.

Prof. Wagner said the current political climate opens the door to discussion and awareness about gender equity issues. Even though many men may not be complicit in gender discrimination, he invited them to move beyond awareness and become active in being part of the solutions.

Noelle Polk Clark shared local statistics about discrimination and violence against women. She also shared how CEDAW could be an integral piece in the move toward gender equity. She encouraged attendees to press their local representatives to adopt local CEDAW ordinances. (CEDAW is the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women)









Cities for CEDAW in Sarasota -- Join our coalition and help make Sarasota a CEDAW* city.

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*Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women