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.Read More
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.”Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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”.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
This Sunday, August 26th, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day – a day which commemorates the 1920 adoption of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution.Read More
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.Read More
Allison Pytlak completed her degree at the University of Toronto, after which she went on to volunteer and intern within the International Campaign to Ban Landmines in Geneva and Mines Action Canada. She was deeply moved by the plight of landmine survivors and eventually went on to also work in a global campaign to ban cluster munitions. She has been a strong advocate for arms control, advising on policy and advocacy with the Control Arms Coalition during the negotiations of the Arms Trade Treaty.Read More
Ray is the Director of Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament program of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). As a young woman in Toronto, Canada, she was always interested in issues concerning peace and conflict. Even in high school, she was an advocate for social justice and wrote letters for Amnesty Int. She says it been a long struggle to increase the public’s awareness of the threat of nuclear weapons since the end of the Cold War.Read More
Award-winning journalist and activist Jimmie Briggs is a co-founder of the Man Up Campaign to engage youth in a global movement to end gender-based violence and advance gender equality. He began his career as a journalist and produced seminal reports on the lives of youth and children soldiers from war-torn countries. His exposure to rape as a weapon of war, trafficking of girls and other forms of gender-based violence motivated him to give up his career as a journalist and become an activistRead More
For over eight years, Sarah Akkari, CEO of Senteurs d”Orient (USA), the company that her mother started has made a difference to improving the lives of poor women’s in Lebanon. Senteurs d’orient , a company based in Lebanon that makes hand made soaps and fragrances employs women workers at their factory in Beirut.Read More
Beverly Cooper Neufeld is an activist and businesswoman with a passion for empowering girls and women. After raising her family, she began to work for a congresswoman and soon became heavily involved in politics and advocacy for women’s rights. As executive director of the White House Project, she oversaw research on women’s leadership, and helped develop SheSource and VoteRunLead. Frustrated by the rate of progress, in 2004 she founded PowHer New York, a network of over 100 organizations working together to advance women’s equality.Read More
Mickela Mallozzi is an Emmy award–winning television host, dancer, and advocate for women’s rights. Her sense of adventure and desire to travel allowed her to use her background in dance =to connect and communicate with people from all over the world. She started a web series to document these interactions, and to inspire women to travel and have their own independent experiences.Read More