UNA Women Affinity Group

About UNA Women

Members of the UNA Women Affinity Group advocate for UN programs that advance women and girls’ rights and promote women empowerment on a global scale. Participation in UNA Women is open to any current UNA-USA member. If you’re already a member, email membership@unausa.org for instructions on how to join UNA Women.

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Lady Tee Thompson, UNA Women Chair

Lady Thompson, a preeminent advocate for human rights and labor trafficking prevention, ardently empowers women and marginalized communities. Her extensive portfolio includes championing disability rights, agricultural capacity building, and advancing gender equality. Her impact spans 14 countries, where she has propelled economic growth to benefit over 1 million people through strategic initiatives. Renowned for fostering cross-sectoral and international collaborations, she has transformed startups from business concepts to $60 million enterprises.

Globally, Lady Thompson conducts training sessions to promote financial independence for youth, women, and survivors of labor trafficking. Her dedication to women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship was notably recognized with her designation as Mentor of the Year by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). As a fervent advocate who is the chairperson of UNA Women for United Nations Association of the USA (UNAUSA) with over 20,000 members, promoting CEDAW and SDGs.

In her capacity as a Human Trafficking Fellow under the Department of Health and Human Services and OTIP via NHTTAC, Lady Thompson strives to prevent human trafficking among youth and BIPOCs. Her significant contributions to the UN include a joint consultation on racial discrimination in the U.S. Additionally, she served as a Fulbright Specialist from 2018-2023 and as a Global Advisory Council member for G100 on Leadership and Entrepreneurship Education.

Lady Thompson has received numerous accolades for her outstanding societal contributions in combating human trafficking, including her recent appointment as an Ambassador with the International Society of Diplomats. In May 2024, she received a Commendation from Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón.

As CEO of AgroBiz, a capacity-building organization for agriculture and entrepreneurship, Lady Thompson’s contributions have been acknowledged by notable figures, including former President Obama, with the Black History Achievement Award from Allegheny County.. She holds a BA in Legal Administration and an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy, residing in Detroit, Michigan.

Listen: UNA Women's UN75 Consultation

Recently, UN Dispatch host Mark Goldberg moderated a UN75 consultation organized by UNA Women to discuss gender equality. Highlights from the consultation, including an interview with UN Foundation’s Vice President of Girls and Women Strategy Michelle Milford Morse and a Q&A session with participants, are captured in the latest episode of UN Dispatch.


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