San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

A Deadly Spring Fever

Kate Byrne

COVID-19 has brought new meaning to the age old adage “it doesn’t discriminate,” leaving behind a world forever changed in its aftermath. Women and girls, however, are particularly impacted globally, not only by the virus, but by the solutions being put into place to “flatten the curve” through social distancing. For example, domestic violence has spiked. Sexual exploitation is rising. Women are hit the hardest by the economic downfall from the virus because they disproportionately are low wage workers globally. Women and girls’ access to education is being sidelined. The burden of care disproportionately falls on women who are 3x more likely to do unpaid care work, tending to family members. On top of these, 70% of healthcare workers are women-- leaving them at an increased risk for contracting the virus itself.

UN Women is tackling these issues head on through a campaign to raise awareness and funds to aid women and girls around the globe. Learn more about some of the actions being taken in an excerpt from the featured article this month written by UN SF Chapter Board member Tasnoba Nusrat. You can read the full article here. We know that it is a difficult time for all of us, but we ask that if you are able, please consider participating in this campaign to support women and girls in tremendous need. Consider making a donation, doing so may save a life.

We appreciate your support. Now more than ever, we need to come together and lift one another up, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Please stay healthy, safe and well.

~ Kate


Excerpt from “A Truly United Nations: Victory Against the Virus”

COVID-19 has brought about a unique set of precarious circumstances for the world, marking the first time our modern, technologized, global society has witnessed such a massive uprooting at scale. It has shaken our economic structures and challenged fundamental pillars on which we have constructed our societal operations. At the time of writing this, we mourn the loss of over 40 thousand around the world, and brace ourselves for what is believed to come over the next few weeks. While we cannot foresee what the future holds, we can rest assured that we have never been as connected as a global community as we are now. From the single individual to the established institution, these times remind us of the common humanity which underpins our existence in this world. Whether it is the nurse that takes on the night shift in the New York City hospital, or the workers teaching local Somalians about the spread of coronavirus, we are all accountable to ending this pandemic. And when we look back at this global phenomena, regardless of when that will be, history will forever mark it as yet another moment in which the strength of the human spirit, overcoming all odds, has come out victorious.


NGO CSW64 Forum Cancellation Notice

CSW64 Annual events

2 March 2020

It is with a heavy heart that we have to share this regretful news with you.

Following the announcement by the UN Secretary-General on the coronavirus threat sent on Friday, 28 February, and the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64) briefing held on 2 March, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York (NGO CSW/NY) Executive Committee has decided to cancel all NGO CSW64 Forum events due to the current threat posed by the coronavirus as per recommendations by the UN Secretary-General, UN Women and the World Health Organization (WHO).

NGO CSW64 Forum events that must be cancelled include: the Consultation Day, Reception, Conversation Circles Space, Artisan Fair, Rally, advocacy trainings, caucuses and all 550 Parallel Events scheduled through our office.

Reimbursements will be given for all events. Please be advised that as it may take up to 4-6 weeks to process everyone's reimbursement, we ask for your patience in the process. Further instructions will be sent separately to those who have purchased event tickets or venue spaces.

The only refunds we will not be able to honor will be for any ads purchased. Handbooks are in the process of being printed and will be mailed out to those who purchased an ad. Your ad will be available on the NGO CSW/NY website and will be highlighted through our social media channels.

A formal letter by the NGO CSW/NY stating the reason for cancellation to be helpful with hotel and/or airline reimbursements is attached.

We were heartened by the power of women to mobilize at the critical moment! Within 48 hours, we had over 50,000 individuals raising their voices regarding the CSW64. No CSW without NGO CSW and no NGO CSW without women of the world!

2020 Events

2020 UN Women - SF Chapter Events Postponed. The COVID-19 response is UN Women’s #1 priority in this time of dire need.

We are responding to this crisis by reaching out and sharing information for our communities. UN Women has long been the global advocate for women during times of crisis, and today the work of UN Women is needed more than ever. We will share information on the work of UN Women on the ground during COVID-19. UN Women is a voice for women health care workers, for care providers, for refugees, and for the displaced. UN Women will address the disproportionate economic impact on women’s livelihoods, to battle the upswing in domestic violence under quarantine, and the reduced access to justice, health services, and education.

Real Moms of Silicon Valley Screening

Movie nigh

Dear UN Women SF community,

No doubt we've all been amazed at the speed and impact with which COVID 19 has entered our lives. Sadly we need to inform you that in effort to be responsible to the health of our community and those with whom we intersect, we are postponing the film event, Real Moms of Silicon Valley, to later in the year. Refunds for any who made donations (or you may choose to keep the donation in place as always welcome!), will be refunded.

Real Moms of Silicon Valley, a film about motherhood and careers. New date to be announced

About the film: A lot of us women (and men) struggle with juggling work and family, and modern families are increasingly choosing to have kids later in life, if at all. This documentary film features heartfelt and inspiring stories of Silicon Valley women who are prominent tech executives with supportive husbands, single working moms, a stay-at-home mom, someone who took 17 years off to raise kids and re-entered the workforce and so on. This film shows different ways of defining success & happiness, setting priorities and making tradeoffs because there is no one right solution and it’s important to know your options.


Empowered Communication for Women Workshop

Women Workshop

Our very own board member, Marilyn Cornelius, will be facilitating an empowered communication workshop for women!

Join us Wednesday, May 7th from 7-9 PM at the Google Community Space.

Check out event details here

Summer Solstice Fundraising gala

UN Women San Francisco Chapter members!

We will be hosting a summer solstice fundraising event Thursday, July 18th.

Come wine and dine with us!

Stay tuned for more information...

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Global Voices Film Festival Coming this Fall

UN Women San Francisco Chapter Volunteers!

Global Voices Film Festival exhibits films that spotlight the unique voices, stories and experiences of women.

The festival, now in its fourth year, supports emerging and established female producers, directors and writers, who are creating some of the most compelling and groundbreaking work in cinema. Stay tuned for information!

Want to join us? Sign up here

About USNC for UN Women San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Generation Equality

UN Women is the United Nations entity responsible for advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality. UN Women USA is one of 14 national committees that supports UN Women in their mission towards gender equality and the empowerment of women globally through fundraising, advocacy, and education. The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is one of 11 chapters in the US.

By donating today, you are making an impact and supporting the transformative work of UN Women to educate and empower women and girls around the world. Thank you for your support.   

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