Giving Tuesday   Dear All, Now that the 2016 US presidential election is over, and the future looks  less certain for women's rights, it's more important than ever to step up and fight even harder to empower and protect the women and girls in our lives---both on a local and global level. As a friend, I thought you would be interested in this urgent issue. While planning for the holiday season, please consider the unique option of gifting an annual membership to the Metro New York Chapter of the United States National Committee (USNC) for UN Women Join yourself or renew, and give a gift of membership to a male or female family member, friend or colleague this year. Giving locally will help to support women's and girl's human rights around the world. Your generous support and commitment will help to advance the social, political and economic equality of vulnerable women and girls who benefit from UN Women projects in 93 countries worldwide. Metro-New York Chapter members will also receive our newsletter, discounts on public programs and be able to participate in the chapter's public education, advocacy and fundraising activities that support UN Women programs. In 2016, the Metro-NY Chapter:
  • Educated audiences on wide-ranging topics through panel programs with our partners including: “The Perilous Journey of Women Refugees” during the 2016 Commission on the Status of Women meetings; “Investing in Women Leaders for the Best ROI” with UBS; and “Gender, Power and Politics” with the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.
  • Supported UN Women campaigns including 16 Days of Activism to Prevent Violence Against Women and HeForShe to actively engage more men and boys in supporting gender equality.
  • Advocated within the UN system for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) passed last year by the UN General Assembly, which includes a stand-alone goal to achieve gender quality.
Take action now. Purchase an inexpensive, tax-deductible gift membership of $55 or more and help us tell everyone that discrimination, sexism and gender-based violence have no place in this world. Working together, we can push for women’s and girl’s human rights and supportive gender policies in the U.S. and around the world---it’s never been more urgent. I wish you and your family a joyful holiday season. Thank you for considering a small investment in annual membership which will help promote gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout the year. Your support is crucial and very much appreciated this #GivingTuesday. Sincerely, Mary M. Luke, President