Chapter Spotlight: Gendersnaps—Casual Conversations around Gender with a side of Gingersnaps

The National Capital Area Chapter created a creative forum for members of the community to table SDG 5: Gender Equality.

There are many ways to engage around important issues central to the work of the United Nations and the improvement of your own community. Panels with experts, fundraising activities, or service projects are some of the often-utilized methods for working within the community. What if you’re looking for something more casual?

The UNA National Capital Area Chapter (UNA-NCA) asked this very question and came up with Gin & Gender Salon, a friendly, intimate opportunity for members of the community to table the fifth Sustainable Development Goal – gender equality. Their first topic? “How do we move from a rape culture to a consent culture?”

The idea behind these salons is to provide an intimate setting for guided conversations that address the difficult topics around gender. These salons are part of the chapter’s #MappingForward project, which is focused on violence against women in Washington, DC.  

“Having intergenerational conversations is so important. This is how this movement started. What’s missing now is we aren’t having intergenerational conversations” said Indira Henard, Executive Director of the DC Rape Crisis Center and guest Subject Matter Expert during this gathering.

The #MappingForward project is run through UNA NCA’s Human Rights Committee, and stemmed from a project funded through their Stand Up for Someone’s Human Right’s grant with UNA-USA.

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