Marianne Schnall on Changing the Media's Stereotypes of Women

Author, interviewer and activist Marianne Schnall has spent more than two decades propelling the feminist movement forward. She is the cofounder and executive director of, author of What Will It Take To Make a Woman President? and Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice, and a contributor to a plethora of respected publications. This has given her an up-close view of the role media plays in the expectations and views of women in society.

Mikki Brammer
Breaking Stereotypes in the Advertising and Media Industry

On June 22, UN Women announced a collaborative effort at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity to proactively address and eliminate stereotypes in advertising. This new initiative, The Unstereotype Alliance, was co-convened with Unilever to urge industry leaders to move advertising away from stereotypical representation of gender

Mikki Brammer
"The Lost Girls" Shines a Light on Child Brides in Nepal

Nepal has made a commitment to end child marriage by 2030 but cultural traditions, poverty, and lack of education are difficult barriers to overcome. Once married, girls are expected to become pregnant and preferably to bear sons. The captivating film The Lost Girls takes a closer look at the practice and one young woman trying to end it.

Mikki Brammer
Heba’s Success Story

Heba Abdallah is a 32-year-old Egyptian woman and a mother to two young girls, aged four and two. In 2012, she travelled from Egypt to the United States with her oldest daughter to join her husband and currently lives in Astoria. This is her story of the struggles of coming to the USA as an immigrant.

Mikki Brammer
Nominations for 2017–2019 Board of Directors

Each year, the Nominating Committee for the Metro NY chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women (USNC-UN Women) presents a slate of qualified nominees for election to the Board of Directors. The committee is looking for individuals with experience, contacts, and resources who will help to shape the programs of USNC-UN Women.

Mikki Brammer
Connecting the Continents

Every year, the Commission on the Status of Women shines a spotlight on the global pervasiveness of gender injustice, but what is even more important is the groundswell of advocacy and inspiration needed to combat it. On the evening of March 16, the Metro NY chapter ignited just that with our Connecting the Continents panel and networking event at Pen and Brush.

Mikki Brammer
Interview with Elizabeth Nyamayaro

Elizabeth Nyamayaro, an advocate for women’s rights and economic development, is the driving force behind the HeForShe campaign, a UN Women’s initiative and global solidarity movement that seeks to engage men as advocates for gender equality. In honor of International Women’s Day, we chat with Elizabeth about intersectional feminism, Twitter’s parental leave policy and what’s on the marquee for HeForShe Arts Week.

Mikki Brammer
Teresa's Story

Teresa, a 53-year-old woman born in El Salvador, has been living in the U.S. since 1996. She is married and has one daughter and five grandchildren. We met Teresa at CIANA (Center for the Integration and Advancement of New Americans) a few years ago when she came to ask for legal assistance for her grandchildren. This is her story.

ImmigrationEva Goicochea
A Night to Say No to Violence Against Women

The Young Professionals Committee of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women, Metropolitan New York Chapter (USNC-NY), along with HeForShe supporters, come together to host the 7th Annual A Night to Say to Violence Against Women Fundraiser. The UN Women United States National Committee (UN Women-USNC) is an independent non-governmental organization that supports the mission of UN Women through events, advocacy, public education about UN Women and global women’s issues, and fundraising efforts to support UN Women programs worldwide. 

FundraisersEva Goicochea
March in March

When it comes to violence against women, there is no grey zone. Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death.