Inspiring Change for Women

The International Women's Day event will be in the evening on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Kansas City.  International Women’s day is celebrated all over the world.  It is a day when we celebrate the many social, economic, and political achievements of women, while also focusing attention on the many areas that still need further action.The evening will include food, entertainment, and a speaker.  We will also have UNAWomen IWD 2015 (4)a raffle and silent auction sponsored by the Zonta International Club of Kansas City, MO II.  Proceeds will be split equally between MOCSA, the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, and "Voices Against Violence: Non-Formal Education Curriculum for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts on Ending Violence against Women and Girls" a program in partnership with Zonta International and UN Women. Advance tickets will be $20 for the general public and $5 for students. 
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A. H. Monjurul KABIR, a legal expert and human rights lawyer, is the Programme Adviser and Head of Section, Asia and the Pacific at UN Women HQ in New York. Prior to this, he was the Practice Team Leader and Policy Adviser for Governance, Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Justice for UNDP Europe and Central Asia. Mr. Kabir served as the Democratic Governance and Knowledge Management Specialist with UNDP HQ in New York.  Previously, he served as the Legislative Adviser to the Afghan National Assembly and contributed to the establishment of the Afghan Parliament. He headed the Governance Portfolio for UNDP Bangladesh. In both these capacities in Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Mr. Kabir championed women’s political participation in Parliament and justice institutions.

Mr. Kabir's technical expertise includes, among others, Democracy and Governance, Development, Programming, and Policy Advocacy with specialization in Legislative Strengthening, Rule of Law and Constitutional Reforms, Human Rights, Gender Equality, and Social Inclusion, Security Sector Reform, Access to Justice, Legal and Women’s Empowerment, Public Accountability and Public Service/Sector Management. Mr. Kabir authored numerous research articles, blogs, and OP-ED pieces in international journals, newspapers and portals on a range of issues including, among others,  Political Science, Rule of Law and Post-2015 Development Agenda, Gender Equality, Aid Effectiveness, Parliamentary Oversight, Innovation and Leadership in Governance. 

Monjurul Kabir, a former British Chevening Scholar, holds a Masters in International Human Rights Law with University of Essex (distinction). Mr. Kabir, a law graduate, is currently a Ph.D (Politics and Parliamentary Studies) candidate with the University of Hull, UK. He can be contacted at monjurul.kabir@unwomen.og, and followed at

UNA-USA 2014 Annual Conference in Washington, DC


The UNA-USA Annual Conference was held June 7-10 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the 180 chapters nationally participated in forums, workshops, consultations, meetings and receptions. Executive Director of the UNA-USA Chris Whatley presented the Annual Report which reflected the growth of membership and programs. In the last 3 years, the membership has doubled to 18,000, with 9,000 GenUN (youth) members. Some of the workshops this year included "Securing resources for UNA Chapters", "Pursuing an International Career", "The Value of Partners and Members at Chapter Events", "Actionable Advocacy", "Beyond Model UN: Reaching and Teaching Students,"  and "Post- 2015 Development Agenda."   UNA Houston President and newly-elected National Steering Committee member, Hon. Teta Banks, was a presenter along with Mary-Frances Wain, the UNA-USA Deputy Executive Director, at the resource development session. Among the keynote speakers were  Hon. Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the UN (via video); Peter Yeo, VP for Public Policy at the UN Foundation; Will Davis, Director of UN Development Programme (UNDP);  and  Hon. Thomas Pickering, Former Ambassador to the UN, Russian Federation, Israel, Nigeria and Jordan. UNA members held pre-conference sessions on advocacy to prepare for the "Day on the Hill" which was on June 10. Members met with U.S. Congressional House and Senate representatives to discuss the critical issues advocated by the UN.  The Hon. Barbara Lee of the US Congress was presented an award at the Capitol Hill breakfast. The various meetings during the conference were held at the National Education Headquarters, the UN Foundation Headquarters, and the U.S. Capitol.   

UN Peacekeepers Round Table

Place: Community of Christ Temple, 201 S. River Blvd., Independence, MO 64050
Date and Time: Saturday, May 10. 1:30 to 2:30 reception, 2:30-4:00 program, and 4:15 wreath-laying at the UN Peace Plaza

Sponsors are: United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, The Community of Christ Church, and the Harry S. Truman Center for Governmental Affairs.
In cooperation with the International Student Division of the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College.
Featuring: International military officers with UN peacekeeping experience.
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