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Who We Are

U.S. National Committee for UN Women, Metropolitan New York Chapter is an independent non-profit, 501c3 organization that solely supports the work of UN Women – the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women. Founded in 1987, it is the first and largest chapter of the U.S. National Committee.

We are a force for social change. The Metro NY chapter connects the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut community with the critical issues that UN Women confronts globally, raising awareness and funds for programs that impact effective policies, global standards, accountability and partnerships with civil society.

We are an educator. The Metro NY chapter builds understanding of global women’s issues and UN Women campaigns through chapter events, expert discussions, curated screenings and online media.


We are an advocate. The Metro NY chapter advocates to influence international gender policy, norms and standards through the Commission on the Status of Women, and legislation and lobbying with U.S. Congress such as the International Violence Against Women Act, and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The USNC is nonpartisan and 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 advance ideas and approaches to gender equality and women’s empowerment.


Why Support Us

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

Empowered women advance peace, economies and sustainable development.
Small investments in UN Women’s human-rights-based approach strengthens the voice of women and girls, removes structural barriers to gender equality, allows women and girls to be solution makers, peace builders and change agents for more resilient and sustainable communities.

We continue to fight for gender equality and empowerment for every woman.
Since our founding in 1987, our chapter passionately speaks on behalf of women and girls, advancing social norms to end gender inequality and unleash the transformative power of women and girls at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We never stop advocating for gender equality, through all seasons, to support UN Women’s programs worldwide.

Your financial support changes the world.
Tax-deductible donations to the U.S. National Committee, Metro New York Chapter support UN Women programs for women’s economic empowerment, political participation, peace & security and ending gender-based violence.

Learn more about UN Women’s initiatives here, and please remember to donate.  




Co-Presidents Stephanie Bruder and Mary M. Luke, Vice President Fundraising, Shweta Ghuge, Vice President Membership, Sandra Barron

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Co PRESIDENTS Stephanie Bruder
Mary M. Luke

Vice Presidents
Sandra Barron
Shweta Ghuge

Tracy Kwok

Grace Lim


BOARD of Directors
Abaynesh Asrat
Kafele Boothe Cinzia Brandi
Marietta Daniel
Jag Gill
Cheryl greene
susan o’connor
Petula K. Payne
renee ratay
fazeela rashid
naomi rougeau
Melatan Riden
alana sorrentino
Margot Steinberg
kelly ann thorgramson
Kathleen Tompkins


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