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UNA Women Members Attend CSW 58

March 10, 2014
Members of UNA Women are attending the 58th session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations, March 10-21, and get the opportunity to sit in on official CSW sessions at the United Nations. Read their bios below!
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Only a Few Spots Left at 58th Session of Commission on the Status of Women

January 23, 2014
This year, UNA-USA is proud to extend an exclusive invitation to attend the 58th session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations, March 10-21. Twenty UNA-USA members will have the opportunity to sit-in on official CSW sessions at the United Nations. However, space is limited, and there are only a few spots remaining. If you would like to attend, please contact Chanteclaire Lantos-Swett to register immediately. Deadline to apply is January 26. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Learn more about about CSW 58 here.

Only a Few Spots Left at 58th Session of Commission on the Status of Women

January 23, 2014
This year, UNA-USA is proud to extend an exclusive invitation to attend the 58th session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations, March 10-21. Twenty UNA-USA members will have the opportunity to sit-in on official CSW sessions at the United Nations. However, space is limited, and there are only a few spots remaining. If you would like to attend, please contact Chanteclaire Lantos-Swett to register immediately. Deadline to apply is January 26. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Learn more about about CSW 58 here.

Only a Few Spots Left at 58th Session of Commission on the Status of Women

January 23, 2014
This year, UNA-USA is proud to extend an exclusive invitation to attend the 58th session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations, March 10-21. Twenty UNA-USA members will have the opportunity to sit-in on official CSW sessions at the United Nations. However, space is limited, and there are only a few spots remaining. If you would like to attend, please contact Chanteclaire Lantos-Swett to register immediately. Deadline to apply is January 26. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Learn more about about CSW 58 here.

Partnering for the Future with the UN

October 30, 2013
When Franklin Roosevelt called on Americans to celebrate the first UN Day, the term “United Nations” had just been coined to describe the alliance that stood against fascism’s march. But for a dedicated group of internationalists, it was more than a slogan, more even than an alliance, it was the embodiment of an idea that would come to final fruition with the signing of the UN Charter on October 24, 1945.
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Inspired by the Past, Motivated by the Future

September 3, 2013
When Eleanor Roosevelt walked across United Nations Plaza and made a surprise visit to the offices of the American Association for the United Nations in 1953, she did so for a reason. As a principal architect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, she knew U.S. grassroots support would be key to the success of the UN. She put title and prestige aside, joined the staff of the organization that would later become UNA-USA, and went to work weaving Chapters and members into a tapestry of support that spanned a country.
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Remembering the Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

August 8, 2013
Ambassador John Lange, a UNA-USA member and former employee who is currently serving as the UN Foundation’s Senior Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy, was recently interviewed by Public Radio International regarding the 15th anniversary of the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Lange was stationed at the Tanzanian embassy at the time of the bombings, where he was serving as charge d’affaires. Listen to the interview.

Empowering Women and Girls Today Helps Power our Future

July 24, 2013
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, “Reaching the MDGs and advancing to the next stage will only be possible when we unleash the power of women.”  I am inspired by UNA-USA’s long-standing leadership in the girls' and women's movement, starting with our inception with the establishment of an office for First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt from which she led a national campaign to increase American support of the United Nations.  Her words have resonated with me many times when I have worked hand-in-hand with women seeking to gain their rights against difficult odds: “It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.”
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Moving Forward Together, Learning from Each Other

June 24, 2013
It was inspiring to see so many UNA-USA members from around the country attend the 2013 Annual Meeting earlier this month. This was my first Annual Meeting as Chair of the Council of Chapters and Regions (CCR), a position which allows me the privilege of working with regional representatives who make up the CCR-Steering Committee, along with national and local leaders. I enjoyed talking with many Chapter leaders and welcoming many young professionals (YPs) and students to the Annual Meeting. The representation of YPs at the meeting grew to nearly a third of total attendance!
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UNA Women Champion for Women Empowerment at the 2013 Annual Meeting

June 21, 2013
Women’s empowerment has gained renewed attention across the globe! From the creation of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, to 2013 G8 discussions on violence against women, the need for society to open the doors to positions of influence within their societies is being realized.
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Arms Trade Treaty Set to Open for Signature

May 23, 2013
On Monday, June 3, the UN Arms Trade Treaty will open for signature by the 193 members of the UN. The treaty, agreed to overwhelmingly by the UN General Assembly on April 2, 2013, establishes the first-ever global standard for the trade of conventional arms. Specifically, the treaty calls upon states to ensure to that arms exports will not be used to commit atrocities.
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The Power of Educating a Girl

May 21, 2013
The other day I was watching a documentary from Half the Sky Movement about the girls from Kibera School for Girls and I could not stop radiating beams of joy. Seeing young girls so confident with themselves as they received an education sent me back down memory lane. Growing up in Kisumu, Kenya, life was difficult, but that did not hinder me from pursuing my goal of achieving an education.
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Special MDG Conference Call as Part of Momentum1000

April 11, 2013

The call was held Friday, April 5 and featured Minh-Thu Pham, Public Policy Director, United Nations Foundation. The call lasted nearly 40 minutes where Minh-Thu set the scene on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and then took questions from the audience.

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You Are Awesome!

April 8, 2013

How it Happened

For the last 4 months we have been focusing our attention on the Oklahoma Legislature. That's where recent attempts were made to disparage the United Nations and to prohibit the purchase of knowledge resources from the UN.
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Report from the 22nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

April 1, 2013
From March 15-24, I had the pleasure of being in Geneva, Switzerland for the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), on behalf of the United Nations Association of the United States America. This Council session held the promise of much excitement given the body’s exceptionally busy country-specific and thematic agenda. Observing how the Council’s new membership and composition following UN General Assembly elections affected the dynamics of the session was fascinating. The GA elects members to the HRC and elections were last held in November 2012.
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Another Oscar Film Presented at UNAFF

March 21, 2013
The United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) is delighted to announce that Inocente won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.  Congratulations to filmmakers Andrea Fine, Sean Fine, Yael Melamede, Emanuel Michael, Albie Hecht and Susan MacLaury.  The film screened at the 2012 UNAFF as a Bay Area Premiere and was universally acknowledged as a masterpiece of storytelling.
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Abuse of Authority for Purposes of Sexual Exploitation (Sextortion)

March 15, 2013
The first time I heard the term “sextortion” was during the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, when I had the opportunity to attend a panel discussion hosted by the United Republic of Tanzania and the Tanzania Women Judges Association at the United Nations Headquarters on the topic of "Ending Abuse Of Authority For Purposes Of Sexual Exploitation (Sextortion): The Experience of the United Republic Of Tanzania." Among the speakers were; Anne T. Goldstein, Human Rights Education Director at the International Association of Women Judges; John Hendra, Assistant Secretary–General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programmes at UN Women; Honorable Judge Engera M. Kileo, Chairperson of Tanzania Women’s Judges Association; and Ambassador Ramahdhan M. Mwinyi of Tanzania.
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UNA-USA Members Attend the 57th Commission on the Status of Women

March 14, 2013
UNA-USA members attended the 57th Commission on the Status of Women as UNA-USA Delegates at the United Nations in New York, March 4-15. Delegates came from Chapters in California, Iowa, North Carolina, Utah, Washington, D.C. and New York to participate in the international civil society conversation on Violence Against Women and Girls. The delegates, each possessing a unique perspective, brought something entirely fresh and new to UNA-USA’s engagement with the UN. It was an amazing opportunity for UNA-USA members.

 

Blog Posts from UNA-USA Members at CSW 57

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Including Women in the Colombian Peace Process

March 12, 2013
After half a century of brutal armed conflict, and the resulting death, displacement, and disappearance of millions of Colombians, the peace negotiations between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have brought a glimmer of hope to a country ravaged by war. Colombia has never been closer to ending the conflict, as the FARC finds its military becoming increasingly weak and their ideology increasingly isolated from Latin Americas’ left. However, aside from some empty promises from Colombia’s leadership, no real efforts have been made to ensure that the perspectives and aspirations of its women and minority groups are represented at the peace table. With deliberations expected to end in the latter part of 2013 with the signing of a peace agreement, it is crucial that both parties revise the structure of the peace process and construct a proper integration framework to allow (and encourage) a greater participation by Colombian citizens, in particular women.  
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Enough Is Enough: CSW 57 Takes on Violence against Women

March 11, 2013
As always, my week at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) annual meeting, held each year in March at the United Nations, was breathtaking both in the breadth and depth of issues explored and in the commitment, passion, and talent of 6,000 community leaders meeting together from all over the world. CSW is the lead champion of the global campaign for women’s equality and empowerment, and it includes both government gender ministers reporting progress on women’s advancement in their own countries and NGO leaders sharing their challenges and lessons learned. It was an honor to be there with such remarkable women.
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