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  • Mary served as a U.N. Committed Representative for the Zonta Club of Montgomery County and attended the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Committee on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York in 1997.
     

  • She is shown here with Doris Vaughn, the United Nations Committee Chairman for Zonta International. 
     

  • Issues discussed at the meeting included:

    • Trafficking in women and girls

    • Violence against women migrant workers

    • Rural women

    • Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

    • Women in Science and Technology
       

  • The Committee also discussed follow-up issues to Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. 
     

  • The Committee had compiled 90,000 petitions on Violence Against Women and would present those petitions to the United Nations General Assembly later that year.
     

  • On March 6, 2004 Mary, who currently serves as United Nations Chair for the Zonta Club of Montgomery County,  will represent her club at a United Nations event in New York City titled "Women as Peace Builders".  The event will feature Margit Webjörn, the President of  Zonta International, and the main speaker will be Maha Muna, the Program Manager for UNIFEM's Governance, Peace and Security Division.