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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Friends of the UNWG-Geneva,

 

Welcome to the new webpage of our organization.

 

The UNWG-Geneva is an apolitical charitable organization and its strategic priority is to provide assistance to women and children in need throughout the world through micro-projects and scholarships.  To that end, we hold several annual fundraising activities in partnership with the UNOG and other International Organizations in Geneva, Permanent Missions and our sponsors.

 

The UNWG-Geneva follows major guidelines set by the United Nations as principals of peace and humanity.  We believe in the work of the United Nations and its efforts.  Indeed we are privileged to have an amazing mentor, our Honorary President and Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, first woman to ever hold that post, Ms. Tatiana Valovaya.  In addition, this year, a year of firsts, we are honored by yet another prominent actor of the International Geneva, HE Ambassador Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UNOG and other International Organizations in Geneva, as our Honorary President.  With such duo and leadership, champions of gender equality, we intent to innovate and modernize our organization.  Transformation is not necessarily an easy task, but it will be beneficial in the long run.

 

To our members and in our own humble way, we provide a safe space for friendship, peaceful communication and interaction between members of various countries and regions of the world.  Our organization is proudly open to the world as a whole.  We encourage diversity and thrive from the variety of our backgrounds.  We believe in empowering each other and lifting up those in need, especially the children.  We collaborate.  We cooperate.  We help build brighter futures for the less advantaged.  In the grand scheme of things, it is a drop in the ocean, a small step, but every step counts.  Your contribution counts.  Help us build a better world by donating to our organization.  Thank you for taking the time to visit our website, enjoy the rest of your discovery into our world.

 

In the words of the great Lao Tzu: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.  This very single step, that drop in the ocean, is one we, members of the UNWG take every day to improve the world for women and children wherever and whenever we can.  What is life without giving?  What is happiness without sharing?  Join us in making the world a better place by donating to our cause!

 

Niloufar Rafi-Kian Bouabid

“Inspired by your dedication and commitment, it is my honour and pleasure to join the UNWG as Honorary President.”

Ms. Tatiana Valovaya

United Nations Under Secretary General
Director-General of the UNOG

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ABOUT US

The  UNWG-Geneva was founded in 1970 inspired by its sister organisation in New York. It is a non-profit association which, in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter, aims at fostering friendship and understanding amongst women of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. Its main goal is to improve the condition of disadvantaged children and women through the financing of micro-projects and providing scholarships for secondary school students throughout the world.  The UNWG-Geneva also offers support to newcomers in Geneva and organises a variety of monthly and weekly activities from  fundraising, special events, cultural exchanges and skills training.

The UNWG-Geneva was established  by women who had been active members of the UNWG New York.  Over time, the organisation has grown to include female Ambassadors and Heads of International Organisations,  spouses of Ambassadors, staff officials of the United Nations, International Organisations and Permanent Missions, as well as local associate members. Currently, it has over 500 members from 110 countries around the world.

Since its founding, the UNWG-Geneva has continuously innovated, expanded, developed and diversified its activities. It has always honored its commitments to the cause of women and children around the world, specially during these difficult times. Women and children need us more now then ever before!

“The seeds of success in every nation on Earth are best planted in women and children.”

Mrs. Joyce Banda

Former President of Malawi

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

PRESIDENT

Niloufar Rafi-Kian Bouabid

VICE-PRESIDENT – ACTIVITIES

Imane Tazi – El Hachimi

VICE-PRESIDENT – PROJECTS

Mateja Prosek Grima

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Juliana Barrios

TREASURER

Mala Prasad

MONTHLY MEETINGS

Bilqueece Alimohamed

NEWSLETTER EDITOR – FRENCH

Patricia Bell

WELCOMING

Thusita Makawitage Perera

RECORDING SECRETARY

Ingy Amin

EDUCATION

Helgard Adams

NEWSLETTER EDITOR – ENGLISH

Caroline Scudamore

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

Leili Kaweh

HOSPITALITY

Josefina Tormena

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER

The UNWG-Geneva is managed by a team of volunteers. Membership is open to women connected by work or family relationships with the United Nations, its Specialized Agencies, other International Organisations in Geneva and Permanent Missions. Women who are not connected with the United Nations community, but whose contribution to the aims of the UNWG-Geneva would be considered an asset, may become Associate Members on recommendation of two UNWG-Geneva members and upon the approval of the Executive Committee.

 

The annual membership fee is 85 CHF and payment is accepted for the calendar year (January to December). Payment should be made by e-banking (IBAN: CH 87 0027 9279 HU11 9293 0) or directly at UBS bank.

 

For all inquiries related to membership, please contact the Membership Secretary at:

membership@unwg.ch

Download membership form here

PAST PRESIDENTS

Period President’s name
2019-2020 Senait Mengistu Gebreselassie
2016-2019 Nehad Sukayri
2014-2016 Christine Evéquoz
2010-2014 Kajori Massé-Basu
2008-2010 Blanca Mazal
2004-2008 Yvonne Ismail-Urfer
2002-2004 Marit De Winter
1998-2002 Gita Sundararaman
1994-1998 Beatriz Campeas
1992-1994 Joyce Jett-Ali
1990-1992 Dominique Amunategui
1986-1990 Susan Miller
1984-1986 Mame-Kouna Sene
1982-1984 Joyce Ratnavale
1978-1982 Mary Finn
1974-1978 Saku Pathmarajah
1970-1974 Dorothy Bathurst

OUR AFFILIATES

UNWG New York

UNWG Vienna

UNWG Rome

UNWG India

UNWG Jamaica

UNWG Peru

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