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UNA Women

Mission & Purpose

 UN support for the rights of women began with the Organization’s founding Charter. Among the purposes of the UN declared in Article 1 of its Charter is “To achieve international co-operation … in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.”

 The Women’s Committee’s mission is grounded in the same vision as UN Women which works for the: elimination of discrimination against women and girls; empowerment of women; and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UNA Women is a program of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) that will work to advance important and timely issues related to women and girls.  UNA Women will advocate for UN programs that further women’s rights and empowerment internationally.  Focus areas of UNA Women include political and economic empowerment, human rights, peace and security, violence against women, and national planning and budgeting. UNA Women is open to any current UNA-USA member.

The Kansas City Chapter of UNA-USA is currently forming a UNA Women committee. Please contact us at unagkc@aol.com for more information or to join.

Past UNA Women Events

ENVISION, EMPOWER, EMBRACE: INSPIRING CHANGE FOR WOMEN INAUGURAL EVENT

UNA Women International Women’s Day Event, National Archives

The UNA Women of Greater Kansas City United Nations Association, in partnership with the  UMKC Truman Center hosted a pre-dinner session at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center on October 23, 2013, in celebration of the Mayor’s United Nations Day. Kristin Hetle, Director of Strategic Partnerships-UN Women, along with representatives from various other Kansas City organizations focused on women’s issues, addressed the audience. Discussants included Cheryl Kohr, president, Zonta Club of Topeka; Nicky Stanke, president, American Association of University Women, Kansas City Chapter; Crystal Williams, president, Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus; CiCi Rojas, president and C.E.O., Central Exchange; Stacey Carrow and Yunetta Anggiamurni, UNA Women, Kansas City, and Dr. Hannah Britton, K.U. Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department. Discussion included the achievements and challenges in realizing the Third Millennium Development Goal of the UN: to promote gender equality and empower women, both in the United States and abroad. Each panelist was given the opportunity to speak, describe their organization and the collaborative efforts they are taking towards meeting the UN goal.

 

Kristin Hetle (UN Women): 2013 UNA-USA Annual Meeting

 

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