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Save the Date: U.S. National Committee for UN Women 2012 National Conference in DC @USNC_UNWomen #hwhtw

SAVE THE DATES: June 1-2, 2012

U.S. National Committee for UN Women’s  2012 National Conference & Member Meeting in Washington, DC!

Women Lead: Politics, Civil Society, and Peacebuilding Worldwide 

June 1     Congressional Education Day

June 2     Conference & Member Meeting

George Washington University

Marvin Center

800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

Watch USNC-UNW’s Twitter feed for details about the agenda, registration, and distinguished speakers and panelists:!/USNC_UNWomen

To read posts about past USNC-UN Women (formerly known as UNIFEM) conferences, click here:

February 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm 1 comment

We Did It! Walk to End Violence Against Women and Girls

This morning, the National Capital Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women hosted its annual 5K Walk to End Violence Against Women and Girls.  Despite the wind and rain, lots of walkers wearing their most festive purple gear turned out for a fun morning.  I was delighted to earn the title of top fundraiser for the D.C. walk, with over $1500 raised!  (See the final total here:  My fellow SAIS classmate Nicole Epps also received recognition for her fundraising efforts. 

A huge thank you to those who donated, and to all my readers out there working to make a difference for women!

To learn about walks in other cities, click here:

April 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm 1 comment

UN Women USNC 2011 National Conference: “UNITE for PEACE”

“Join us on June 11th, 2011 in Raleigh, NC for the UN Women USNC 2011 National Conference ‘UNITE for PEACE – in our home, in our community, and in our world.’  The United States National Committee for United Nations Women presents this conference with a focus on building collaborations to end violence against women – locally and globally.
“Local and global leaders, subject matter experts, and other interested parties will convene to address the following topics: the state of women’s rights and gender equality, advocacy, coalition building, philanthropy, perspectives from generation Next, overcoming violence, and new South.   They will convene to learn, network, and collaborate to make a difference.  
“Speakers include Carol Poteat Buchanan, Charlotte O’Neal, Elaine Marshall, Jill Dinwiddie, Rick Copeland, Crystal Lander, Beth Froehling, Derreck Kayongo, MaryBeth Loucks-Sorrell, Aurelia Sands-Belle, Miranda Davis, Vimala Rajendran, Kit Gruelle, Dana Mangum, Sheila Smith McKoy, Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi, Kathleen Griffin, Maryanne Kamau, Lisa Seepaul, Joanne Hershfield, Mary Cantando, Tana Greene, Lisa Pineiro, Nancy Soward, Frances Battle and Beth Briggs.   North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue and UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Michelle Bachelet also have been invited. 
“You can register online or at mail in your registration.   Early registration is $75 per person if you register early, $50 for the current members of UN Women USNC, $25 for the students.   Onsite registration the day of the conference is $95 per person.  Seats will be reserved on first-come-first-serve basis.”

Visit for more information.

March 31, 2011 at 12:03 pm Leave a comment

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

“Thursday November 25th, 2010 marks the beginning of a worldwide campaign that came to be its own tradition exactly 20 years ago: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.
Starting with International Day Against Violence Against Women (November 25th) going straight through to International Human Rights Day (December 10th), the campaign’s message is clear, violence against women is not a just a women’s rights issue, it is a human rights issue…
As designated by the founding organization, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, the theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism is Structures of Violence: Defining the Intersections of Militarism and Violence Against Women.”

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November 22, 2010 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

Empowering Women: There’s an App for That


Hollaback! is using mobile technology to fight street harassment and assault. According to the Hollaback! team:

“Street harassment is one of the most pervasive forms of violence against women, and on of the least legislated against. Comments from ‘You’d look good on me’ to groping, flashing or assault, are a daily, global reality for women and LGBTQ individuals… Hollaback! is creating a crowd-sourced initiative to end street harassment that breaks the silence…”

Hollaback!’s mobile app will log and track instances of street harassment, mapping locations and numbers for this usually invisible problem. Visit to learn about Hollaback! in NYC, DC,  and other cities!

June 14, 2010 at 11:05 am 2 comments

The Economics and Politics of Power

Lila Abu-Lughod of Columbia University and Esther Hyneman of Women for Afghan Women are debunking the idea that the repression of women can be blamed on “culture” or “tradition.” Rather, they unmask “culture” as a cloak or tool for greater political and economic conflicts. Esther says of Afghanistan, “Subjugating women is a fast route to power” for the country’s ruthless warlords.

June 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

Donald McPherson: Where Do Men Fit In?

donald mcpherson photoFormer Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donald McPherson is sharing his insight on how men can support women’s empowerment:

“The work that men need to do is not to be that chivalrous man who protects women by stopping another man from hurting a woman. Men’s response to violence is more violence. What we need to do is raise the next generation of men and boys to be a whole person and not reinforce the idea that women and girls are ‘less than’.”

June 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm Leave a comment

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