About Us

UN Women USA Gulf Coast Chapter (GCC)

UN Women USA is the United States National Committee for UN Women. UN Women USA is one of 14 National Committees that support UN Women in its mission towards gender equality and the empowerment of women.
The Gulf Coast Chapter membership consists of almost 200 members who are educated, well-traveled, local influencers engaged in the greater Sarasota-Manatee area cultural and social scene. All proceeds from Gulf Coast Chapter fundraisers go directly to support the activities of UN Women to promote social, political, and economic equality for women and girls spanning more than 100 countries around the globe. Recently, the UN Women USA recognized the Gulf Coast Chapter in Sarasota for our efforts at raising the greatest total funds of any US chapter.

The Gulf Coast Chapter:

  • Raises funds to support the initiatives of UN Women
  • Educates the community about global women's issues and UN Women 
  • Advocates for U.S. policymakers to support UN Women and the implementation of international women's rights treaties

Your support will help GCC and UN Women make cities more livable, encourage women entrepreneurs to achieve economic freedom, build political leadership skills, and end violence against women and girls.
UN Women USA does a wonderful job detailing UN Women projects: www.unwomen.usnc.org.
The Gulf Coast Chapter, founded in 1993, is one of the largest U.S. National Committee Chapters. Through the volunteer work of our dedicated members, the Gulf Coast Chapter raises community awareness and funds for UN Women.

Board of Directors

Cathy Berna, Membership

Kim Cartlidge, Member at Large

Susann Chalhub, Treasurer

Mary Dailey, Member at Large

Debby Jennings, Programs

Chris Serio Martin, Communications

Eilene Oldwine, Member at Large

E. Scott Osborne, President

Debbie Vale, Recorder


Annual Report

Working Toward Gender Equality


Working Toward Gender Equality 
in Our Lifetime 

Inequalities remain acute. 
Reactionary forces continue to rise.
And yet, everywhere women and girls are calling for more progress.
In the United Nations system, UN Women is the only entity solely dedicated to achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls.

UN Women helps advance internationally agreed standards on gender equality and supports countries in translating them into practice through laws, policies and services. Governments, businesses, civil society, faith-based organizations, men's groups and other allies are coming on board to achieve gender equality, many through partnerships with UN Women. UN Women's commitment to reaching women marginalized by multiple forms of discrimination and bias is unwavering. Gender equality can never be a partial project and must be a hope and a reality for every woman, man, girl and boy - in our lifetime and for generations to come.
Through its links across the United Nations, UN Women puts gender equality at the centre of all three pillars of global progress: peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. In 2018-2019, the backdrop for UN Women's mission is a time of immense challenges in the world.        


All over the world, people join forces with UN Women because they trust us as a champion of gender equality and women's empowerment. They value our expertise and reach, and our historic relationship with feminist and women's rights movements. They know we lead new thinking and alter the frontiers of public debate. 

Complete 2018-2019 Annual Report