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.”
In September 2009, the UNA-SF Women’s Committee was founded. UNA-SF is the first UNA chapter to found a women’s committee. 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.
From 2010 to the present, the Women’s Committee contributed and/or participated in such events as International Women’s Day, UN Day, UNA-USA Annual Meeting (in Washington, DC), UNA-USA Membership Meeting, Peace Symposium (with Rotary Club), and the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (in New York). The Women’s Committee reformed in late March 2013 due to a shift from Co-Chairs to a single Chair.
Bronwyn Kay Galloway is the current Chair. She has nearly 30 years of work experience, mostly in legal administration and feminist activism. She also has four degrees in higher education, particularly focused in Women’s Studies. As Chair past and present she will assist with the managerial direction of the committee, plan and run meetings, and act as a spokesperson and figurehead for the committee.