Who We Are

 The Metro NY chapter of the US National Committee (USNC) is an independent non-profit, 501c3 organization that solely supports the work of UN Women – the United Nations (UN) entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women. Founded on October 25, 1987, the Metro NY Chapter is the oldest of the 18 chapters that comprise the USNC, one of the 14 national committees that UN Women partners with worldwide.

We are a force for social change. The Metro NY chapter connects the local community with the critical issues that UN Women confronts globally. Our activities raise funds to help finance UN Women programs that tackle these important issues and build public awareness and support for its work to achieve more effective policies, global standards, accountability and partnerships with civil society.

We are an educator. The Metro NY chapter raises the local public’s understanding of global women’s issues and UN Women campaigns aimed at changing attitudes toward women’s rights. We accomplish this through our chapter events such as public lectures, panel discussions and film screenings, and through our website, newsletter and social media content.


We are an advocate. The Metro NY chapter’s advocacy efforts focus on influencing various international gender policies, norms and standards through Commission on the Status of Women meetings and specific gender legislation through lobbying activities with U.S. Congress (e.g., the International Violence Against Women Act, Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women). As a 501.c.3 organization, the USNC is nonpartisan and, as such, does not support any political party.

We are a collaborative partner. The Metro NY chapter partners with a wide variety of organizations through its program development, public education and fundraising activities, including UN agencies, civil society, major corporations, small businesses, universities and the media. These collaborations allow USNC to share new ideas and approaches to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.