San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Farewell from President Amy Logan, Welcome to President Kate Byrne

Dear Members & Friends,
The past four years have been a wild ride as President of the Board of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of UN Women USA! I’m grateful to have had the honor and extraordinary experience to serve in this role.
Over the course of my two terms, we grew exponentially, expanded our visibility and reach, supported many women and girls near and far and launched some impactful events. I’m especially proud of our HeForShe Champions for Change Celebration, where we honored wonderful local male allies, and our Global Voices Film Festival, where we highlight amazing female filmmakers from around the world. It’s now in its third season and I hope you’ll attend May 16 & 18, 2019 at Lucasfilm, GoPro and Salesforce -- I’ll be there!
During my tenure, we had the rare opportunity to present our local perspective on how tech can support gender equality at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. We diversified our board of directors, won an award from our national organization and forged a strong alliance with the San Francisco Department and Commission on the Status of Women. We got UN Women talking with the City of San Francisco about joining the Safe Cities & Public Spaces Program – fingers crossed! We increased the financial and in-kind support from corporate sponsors, more than doubled our membership and crushed one of our most important goals: When I joined in 2015, our chapter had only raised about $300 a year; now we raise $26-30K annually!
This past year, I’ve been working to expand the board of directors and evolve its governance processes for even greater effectiveness so we can grow. The prospective board candidates that you will see joining our board soon have been volunteering with us for months. They are remarkably talented and dedicated people who share the #ShesGotHerBack values I cherish and our board began promoting in 2017 to encourage women to support each other. I’m proud and excited to watch this next team flourish!
I’m so grateful for the support of my board, advisors, mentors and friends, without whom we wouldn’t have gotten nearly this far. And now it’s time for me to move on to my next challenge. I will continue to serve the mission of UN Women as Chair of the Advisory Board for our chapter while building Inclusion Innovation, my company that trains teams to cultivate diverse and inclusive climates for innovation using design sprints and virtual reality workshops.
One of the brightest spots of the legacy I am leaving -- and the future of this chapter -- is the tremendous human being who succeeds me as President: Kate Byrne. Kate is a relentless supporter of women and girls, an inspiring and accomplished leader, a brilliant business mind, and a woman who truly embodies #ShesGotHerBack. I couldn’t be prouder to leave our chapter in her deft hands. I have no doubt she will take the chapter to exponential new heights and create magic along the way!
Welcome, Kate!
Kindest regards,
Amy Logan
President Emeritus (2015-2018)
Chair, Advisory Board

Kate Byrne

Greetings all,
Thank you, Amy for the warm welcome.
I’m extremely excited by the opportunity to lead this amazing chapter. I’m thrilled to put my 20+ years of leadership in media, product/membership development, movement making and support of women and girls to work to keep the chapter thriving.
Thanks to the solid foundation that Amy has set, we are poised to make even more impact in our surrounding community and beyond. We will be expanding our project footprint so that Our Global Voices Film Festival will be joined by new efforts such as the upcoming Fall event on September 24th at Salesforce. This program is taking place in partnership with UN Women and Salesforce supporting the WE Empower initiatives.  We will be building upon our digital efforts as well as share new social campaigns to amplify the work we are doing. Finally, we are actively growing our network in effort to build a more diverse and inclusive membership.  
Ours is by all means a community effort, so we would love to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to share any ideas and feedback that you have. It’s your input that keeps us fresh, inventive and impactful. 
Amy, on behalf of the UN Women USA SF Chapter, I’d like to thank you for the heart, soul and effort that you gave over the last four years. The Chapter is all the better because of you. We are fortunate to have you continue to share your brilliance as you Chair our Advisory Board.
It’s going to be an amazing year for all. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and beyond.
Happy Spring,
Kate Byrne
President 2019-2021

San Francisco: Where the United Nations was born ~ Celebrating 20 Years of CEDAW ~

Summer 2018 Update: Letter from our President
Dear Members & Friends,
I hope you’re enjoying this gorgeous weather we’re seeing in the Bay Area and having some fun times outdoors! 
There is so much to update you on!
First of all, this year, San Francisco is celebrating 20 years since we became the first city in the world to pass the UN Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as a city ordinance! We salute our beloved progressive city for continuing to lead the way forward advancing gender equality. 

The SF Bay Area Chapter Board of Directors had a very busy winter. In February, with the support of Dr. Emily Murase, Executive Director of San Francisco’s Department on the Status of Women, we convinced the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women to pass a resolution in support of San Francisco joining UN Women’s global Safe Cities & Public Spaces program. After the new mayor is elected in June, we’ll be lobbying to enact this legislation to make the city safer for women and girls from sexual assault and harassment, joining ~30 other global cities in this UN initiative. When that happens, we plan to celebrate with a big event October 24th, United Nations Day, so stay tuned!

In March, some of our Board were Delegates to the UN’s 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62). Our VP of Partnerships & Policy Keshet Bachan wrote our position statement on achieving women’s full participation in and access to the media and information and communications technologies. This led to UN Women’s selecting us to make an intervention at the Interactive Expert Panel on Innovative Data Approaches for Measuring Progress on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment where our Treasurer Shaun Chaudhuri spoke eloquently on our behalf.

I also spoke at the official CSW62 Side Event, “Women in Film Forum,” where I discussed our Global Voices Film Festival and my films alongside female filmmakers and scholars from Kazakhstan, Sweden, Spain, Canada, Brazil, and the first female fillmaker from China. I presented the beta-version of my VR film, “Belonging”, about unconscious gender bias, at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women’s Parallel Event “Disrupting Discrimination: SF Tech Tools to Advance Gender Equity.”
BIG NEWS! In order to achieve bigger and better things, we are EXPANDING our Board! Our membership still has to pass the revised Bylaws to make it official, but we’re starting now to recruit new prospective Board Directors and Officers for a variety of important roles. To learn more and apply, please see the details in our Volunteer Opportunities.
UPCOMING EVENTS! In the wake of so many women running for office, we are thrilled to partner with the foremost DC policy think tank The Wilson Center to bring you Power & Parity: Women’s Political Leadership on June 18th in San Francisco! Among others, our speakers will include the top elected financial official for the 5th largest economy in the world, California State Controller Betty Yee; Christine Pelosi, Chair of the California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus, running for DNC Executive Committee West, and Nancy Pelosi’s daughter; Debbie Mesloh, President of the SF Commission on the Status of Women and former advisor to Sen. Kamala Harris' campaign and transition; and more! Register here. We welcome volunteers, too.

On July 26, we will hold our Annual Community Meeting with a VERY special VIP honoree, TIME Magazine 2017 Person of the Year and “Silence Breaker” Adama Iwu, and other wonderful guests, so stay tuned for more on that exciting event too.
Meanwhile, please support UN Women by becoming a member if you haven’t yet (tax deductible!), or renew as a monthly giver, and be sure to fill out our volunteer form and tell us about yourself so we can put you to work doing something we need and you love!
In #ShesGotHerBack sisterhood,
Amy Logan
President of the Board
UN Women USA, San Francisco Bay Area

Fall 2017 Chapter Update: Letter from the President

Dear Members & Friends,
Happy Fall! The Board of the SF Chapter of UN Women USA is feeling extraordinarily grateful after pulling off our largest fundraiser to date, our Global Voices Film Festival! Thanks to all of you who attended and/or volunteered, we were able to expand the Bay Area’s awareness of the power of female filmmaking as well as the hurdles these women face because of institutional bias and discrimination. And, of course, the funds we raised will support UN Women’s life-changing programs globally! (Enjoy some pictures below.) 
Please join us in our just-launched social media campaign #ShesGotHerBack, highlighting the inspiring stories of women supporting other women. My inaugural announcement has picked up some traction and I invite you to take a look and share it to your own networks. Then, once a week, make a post wherever you hang out online using #ShesGotHerBack
We are collaborating directly with UN Women’s global headquarters in New York on some very exciting new initiatives and events here in the Bay, so stay tuned to more announcements on our next projects you can get involved with! 
In sisterhood!
Amy Logan

UN Women Global Voices Film Festival: Award winners announced!

The reviews are in—the festival was a runaway smash hit! The sold-out Global Voices Film Festival, held Sept. 16 at Lucasfilm Premier Theater, presented groundbreaking new work by emerging and established women filmmakers. For the first time, Global Voices Film Festival hosted a virtual reality (VR) event: Lived Stories: Women in VR Showcase, featuring five VR films by women filmmakers. We were thrilled to provide women filmmakers with a platform to showcase their fresh voices and unique stories, and champion equal representation of gender in film.
Best 360/VR Film: Notes to My Father 
Best Experimental Short Film: Iridescence  
Best Narrative Short Film: He Said  
Best Full Feature Film: What Tomorrow Brings 

Spring 2017 Chapter Update: Letter from the President

Dear Members & Friends, Happy Spring! The SF Chapter of UN Women USA has a lot going on right now! Board of Directors elections, film fest and Silicon Valley Gender Equality Summit planning, annual membership meeting coming up soon…Four of our board members, including me, were honored to be delegates to the UN’s 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March in New York. We got to participate in talks about the challenges, progress and future of women’s economic empowerment in the workplace and meet leaders of UN Women and the UN! The highlight for me was getting to speak one-on-one with Amina J. Mohammed, the new Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, a brilliant Muslim feminist mother of six from Nigeria. She was delighted to hear about our chapter’s forthcoming events and appreciative of our efforts to fundraise for UN Women. Let’s keep up the great work! Amy LoganPresidentUN Women USA SF

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It's been a banner year for our chapter. Since the end of 2015, we've tripled our membership and increased funds by 4600%—surpassing our two-year benchmark in under a year. The national board of directors of UN Women USA for UN Women honored our chapter with an award for outstanding achievement during the Annual Board Meeting last June in New York. We're growing exponentially, and we couldn't do it without you! Join us today and learn how you can get involved next year.

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