An Interview with Ambassador Luis C.deBaca on Human Trafficking, conducted by Kathie Bolognese

As we begin the 16 Days of Activism, an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls, renowned former U.S. Federal prosecutor and Ambassador Luis C.deBaca (ret.) shares his insights and ideas on combating human trafficking with Kathie Bolognese, former VP, USNC for UN Women, Metro-NY Chapter.

This interview was conducted by Kathie Bolognese, former Vice President of the UN Women- USNC Metro NY Chapter.

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Mary Luke
Talk Radio Tehran Screening

On Human Rights Day, December 10th 2018, the Metro NY Chapter, USNC UN Women invites you to a reception, screening and conversation for Mahtab Mansour’s film “Talk Radio Tehran” at the SVA Theatre, 333 23rd Street at 6pm. Conversation to follow with Champions of Change Azadeh Khalili and Leila Darabi. 

“Iranian women are like tea, the hotter the water, the stronger we get.”

“Iranian women are like tea, the hotter the water, the stronger we get.”

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Mary LukeSVA Theatre
Take Back the Night

Join the Young Professionals Committee of the Metro NY Chapter of the USNC for UN Women as we work to end violence against women. "Take Back The Night" is an international event with the mission of ending violence against women in all forms. On this night, we stand together to raise our voices against the injustice faced by women around the world. This will be a night full of inspiring dialogue and conversations which will help raise funds and awareness around the issue of gender-based violence.


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Mary LukeHabitas NYC
The Mask You live In

The Metro NY Chapter, USNC UN Women will host a screening and panel for “The Mask You Live In” – a documentary exploring the definition of masculinity - with guest speakers including world-renowned photographer, producer, and philanthropist Nigel Barker, former NFL player and inclusion consultant Wade Davis, founder of the Better Man Conference Ray Arata,former NFL player and co-founder of the InSideOut Initiative, Joe Ehrmann, and moderated by award-winning activist and author Marianne Schnall.

In partnership with UN Women's HeForShe campaign and the Better Man Conference. Special thanks to A+E for hosting this event.

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Mary LukeA+E Networks
World Mental Health Day Calls Attention to the Needs of Sexual Assault Survivors

World Mental Health Day and International Day of the Girl Child 

October 10 is World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is Mental Health of Young People in a Changing World. October 11 is also the International Day of the Girl Child. “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force.” http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/girl-child. All girls deserve to grow up with an education, skills and health care to prepare them for a full and productive life. Yet, in many countries and especially during war and conflict, women and girls face significant challenges due to gender discrimination, sexual harassment and assault that affects their health, mental health and limit opportunities for their future. 

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Mary Luke
Champion of Change: Krishanti Dharmaraj

Krishanti Dharmaraj’s passion for human rights and social justice began with her experience growing up in Sri Lanka, country with civil unrest that later transformed into a civil war. She asserts that this experience with violence and conflict, including the looting and bombing of her own home, changed her life for the better. It showed her that advocating with and for those who face injustice is her only choice. Her purpose in life is to “advocate for human rights of women so that they may lead and govern to build a just and peaceful world”.

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Mary Luke
Champion of Change: Leila Darabi

Leila Darabi is a storyteller. “I have always been a communications person,” she says. “My work has focused on translating scientific evidence into plain, simple language that policy makers and the media can understand. She began her career at the Guttmacher Institute. It’s an approach that she took to Planned Parenthood, where she led global communications, and continues to put into action as her role of Senior Vice President and Head of Engagement at the communications firm Corkery Group Unlimited.

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Mary Luke
Champion of Change: Dorchen Leidholdt

Dorchen Leidholdt—whose dedicated work includes serving as the director of Sanctuary for Families Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services and founding and serving as a board member of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, as well as co-chairing the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition—has been fighting violence against women since the 1970s.

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Mary Luke
Champion of Change: Erin Vilardi

Erin Vilardi is the Founder and CEO of VoteRunLead, the nation’s largest and most diverse training program for women to run for political office and win. She believes the world would be a better place if it was run by women, and that women already possess all necessary skills and competencies to run a successful political campaign. Inspired by her older sister’s passionate feminism, Erin studied Politics, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at New York University. Her senior year, she completed an internship with women’s leadership nonprofit The White House Project, where Erin later began the VoteRunLead program. 

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Mary Luke