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United Nations Association of the USA Chapters Across the Country Honor Womens’ Contributions to the World

More than 40 Events Nationwide Spotlight Local Communities as part of Global Celebration

March 8, 2012
WASHINGTON – Hundreds will gather this week at United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) events across the country honoring women’s political, economic, and social contributions to the world on the occasion of International Women’s Day. More than 40 UNA-USA Chapters from coast to coast will host film screenings, lectures, dinners, and other events to commemorate the day.

“International Women’s Day allows us to step back and recognize how women and girls inspire us all, and help us to live better lives every day,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Patrick Madden. “The network of local UNA-USA Chapter events shows how the work of women has helped advance communities in America and abroad, while recognizing the world still has a long way to go in supporting women and girls in areas such as health, equality, and human rights.”

 

Prominent leaders on women’s issues from UNA-USA Chapters and the UN Foundation will speak at several of these events. UN Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth will headline the Dallas Chapter of UNA-USA’s Peace Patron Luncheon, which is co-hosted with Peacemaker’s Inc., a local nonprofit organization.

 

UNA-USA International Women’s Day events exemplify the support of the organization – and Americans generally – for the work of the United Nations. The UN has made women’s issues a top priority through such objectives and initiatives as: the Millennium Development Goals focusing on gender equality and maternal health; UN Women; and Every Woman Every Child.

 

UNA-USA is a program of the UN Foundation, furthering its mission to connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems.

 

Background
International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of new political ideologies. Annually on March 8, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. More information on International Women’s Day can be found at www.internationalwomensday.com.

 

Tweet this: Our @unausa Chapters are celebrating International Women's Day across the country! Find an event near you: http://bit.ly/xROBoR #IWD

 

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Joseph Catapano
United Nations Association of the USA
(202) 496-6398
JCatapano@unausa.org

 

ABOUT UNA-USA
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the UN Foundation, is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire and mobilize the American people to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA works to accomplish its mission through its national network of chapters, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign are the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. For more information on UNA-USA, visit www.unausa.org.

 

ABOUT THE UN FOUNDATION
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.


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