San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Racial Equity Needs to Happen Every Day

Kate Byrne

Not just one month out of the year. As one friend stated to me, racial equity is an every second, of every hour of every day of the year need. 

February is Black History Month during which we pay homage to many of the great leaders who have been doing the hard work to help the world achieve greater racial equity. It should come as no surprise that many of the hardest working and most impactful efforts have been achieved by women, stepping into their power and using their voice and social capital to mobilize the movements driving change. 

But each of us can drive change every day as well, by embodying the change we want to see. By ensuring that we are sharing the mic with those who don’t often have access to it. By making sure that our companies, the leaders within and our teams are engaging in diverse hiring practices. Does your company look like the community around it? Do you work with colleagues who are different from you? On a personal level, is the language you use inclusive?  

The UN Women SF Chapter is using the reflective time that Winter presents us to ask ourselves these questions. We ourselves are a diverse group, but we can do better, we can always do better and are pushing ourselves to do so with our upcoming programming. 

  • March 10 - Real Moms of Silicon Valley - film
  • May 7 - Empowered Communication Work
  • June 18 - Summer Fundraiser
  • September - Global Voices Film Festival

We are finalizing 2 author nights as well. We hope you can join us at any or all of these events in the coming months. 

Looking forward to changing the world together in this new year. 



UN Women USA SF Chapter

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

Are you hoping to get involved with women’s empowerment? Come join us at one of our 2020 UN Women - San Francisco chapter events!

Real Moms of Silicon Valley Screening Has Been Postponed

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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