Past Events


Happiness Walk A Success!

This year's Happiness Walk on March 18 raised almost $15,000! Dozens of participants enjoyed good company and beautiful weather, and walked to create awareness of the Gulf Coast Chapter and violence against women. The day was happy, indeed! Thank you to our membership and supporters!
Here are a few photos from the event:






The Fall Breakfast was a huge success.  If you missed it, you can watch the entire presentation by clicking the you tube link below the picture.


Carol Poteat-Buchanan, Derek Thompson (MoreTooLife), Sharon Burde





In 2014, the Gulf Coast Chapter hosted the USNC-UN Women's National Conference


At any given moment, there are hundreds of projects that receive support from UN Women. With the generous support of governments, foundations, corporations, organizations and individuals, historic victories for women's empowerment and gender equity have been - and continue to be - achieved.


               2015-2016 Gulf Coast Chapter Learners to Leaders


International Women's Day



Saturday, March 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Polo Grill, Fete Ballroom, Lakewood Ranch 



The acclaimed play SEVEN takes the stage in honor of International Women’s Day 2016



The Gulf Coast Chapter (GCC), USNC-UN Women, invites you to avoid the complacency that comes with comfort and step into the movement that is the documentary play SEVEN.


GCC is hosting the Vital Voices play and a luncheon in celebration of International Women's Day. Locally, the play will be produced under the direction of Ria Cooper of the Asolo Theater, and read by seven of our community advocates for change. The texts are a joint effort of award-winning playwrights Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith and Susan Yankowitz. 


The script reveals the riveting stories of seven brave and resilient women who have overcome violence and cultural pressure to become catalysts for change. These women found the courage and the voice to establish real and concrete human-rights programs in their countries. 


Gulf Coast Chapter, USNC-UN Women  “will play a significant role in the remarkable journey of the play SEVEN as it travels to more than 30 countries and across the U.S., motivating audiences to take action through its gripping stories of real women,” comments Bonnie Nelson Schwartz, a producer working to bring the story of SEVEN to the big screen. She hopes Sarasota will be informed and inspired by the play. 


Ms. Nelson Schwartz adds that by “recognizing that the abuses and disempowerment of women…exist not only throughout the world but in our own backyard,” she hopes SEVEN will encourage audiences to “think global, but act local.”


Gulf Coast Chapter, USNC-UN Women is dedicated to raising community awareness of the status of women and girls here and abroad. Come join us and network with others forwarding gender equality and women’s rights. 


Tickets to the lunch and play are $45 for GCC members, $50 for guests and $20 for students.. Advance ticket purchases may be made by clicking the button below.


Proceeds benefit the advocacy of the US National Committee and the work of UN Women. 


For more information about the story of SEVEN and the profound dialogue the play has ignited around the world, visit




Click on the tickets above to pay online now or send a check payable to

GCC/USNC-UN Women to c/o Elaine Foster, 5156 Magnolia Pond Dr., Sarasota, FL 34233

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Please note -- space is limited and you will not want to miss this interesting and informative event.






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

New endorsements added October 16, 2015 - add your voice now.

See the link CEDAW!

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






Walk to End Violence Against Women and Girls


The Gulf Coast Chapter has now completed its 2015 Walk to End Violence and it was a huge success.  We want to thank all of those individuals and groups, including Zonta of Sarasota and our fabulous Learners to Leaders, who came out and walked on a very cold morning in Sarasota.  This was our most successful walk to date -- raising more than $11,000 to aid our advocacy efforts and the initiatives of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence.  We now challenge all of the Chapters who have walks coming up to do better than we did -- we know you can do it.  Let's make this a $100,000 year for the Walks.  Good luck and get out there and walk and bring your friends.  And do not forget to use First Giving!!!




Ambassador Leslie V. Rowe was our guest speaker at the March 7, 2015 International Women's Day Luncheon.  She spoke to a sold out audience at the Lakewood Ranch Polo Ballroom.  Over a dozen organizations were showcased at the pre-luncheon reception.  Many of our members attended in international dress and everyone enjoyed product sales from the International Market.  Two lucky attendees won tickets to the Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival.



Through Women's Eyes

The 16th Annual Through Women's Eyes (TWE) was a huge success.  Two of our films, the Surgery Ship and Pony, won the audience awards for best document and best short at the Sarasota Film Festival (SFF).  This was the first year TWE's films received SFF Audience Awards.  For more information, go to