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.


Why You Should Support Us

Women worldwide urgently need your help.
Many women still suffer from violence and discrimination. They are denied access to basic education, healthcare and decent work opportunities, and they are also highly underrepresented in political and economic decision-making processes.  

Empowered women significantly advance peace, economies and sustainable development.
We support UN Women’s human-rights-based approach, which focuses on strengthening the voice of women and girls while removing the structural barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment. When we make small investments that allow women and girls to be solution makers, peace builders and change agents for more resilient communities, the whole of society benefits and we lessen the need for costly interventions down the road.

We will continue to fight for gender equality and empowerment for every woman.
Our board members and volunteers are passionate about making a difference by protecting women and girls, advancing social norms to end gender inequality, and enacting change to achieve the transformative power of women and girls set at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As such, our volunteers dedicate thousands of working hours every year to raising awareness and funds to support UN Women’s activities to achieve these goals. Our board members also donate their time and have absorbed many expenses through the years to serve this community.

We need your financial support to create the world we want.
We are supported entirely by donations and fundraising, and depend on donated space and the goodwill of others who share our vision. If you agree with what we are trying to achieve, please join the USNC and give us your financial support. Donations are tax-deductible, can be made on an annual or monthly basis and proceeds go to support UN Women programs globally. Contributions can also be directed to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women and the UN Women’s Trust Fund for Gender Equality, which is dedicated to programs that support women’s economic and political participation.

The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN, has to date supported 426 initiatives in 136 countries and territories with grants totaling USD 116 million. In 2015, the fund awarded USD 12.86 million through 33 grants covering 29 countries and territories, bringing benefits to at least one million women, girls, men and boys.

Find out more about UN Women’s 12 flagship initiatives here.  


NY 2018–2019 Board of Directors


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Mary M. Luke,


Stephanie Bruder
Vice President, Programming Chair

Mary M. Luke

Shweta Ghuge
Vice President, Fundraising Chair

Sandra Barron
Vice President, Membership Chair

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Vice Presidents
Stephanie Bruder
Sandra Barron
Shweta Ghuge

Tracy Kwok

Grace Lim


Abaynesh Asrat
Kafele Boothe Cinzia Brandi
Donnetta Campbell
Marietta daniel sneha janardhanan
Allison Luvera
laura Clayton Mcdonnell
Petula K. Payne
Victoria Pham
Melatan Riden
Margot Steinberg
Kathleen Tompkins


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