Wednesday, May 4, 2022

An Exciting Exhibition at the Intersection of Cultural Heritage and Visual Art!

The Photography of Fran Gardino

Presented by Unbound Visual Arts

Exhibit installers:  Chelsea White and John Quatrale | Publicity: Christina Jang and Kenneal Patterson

Arthaus Art Exhibit Gallery - 43 N. Beacon St., Allston, MA

February 3 - March 27, 2022

Passed: Opening Program and Reception on Sunday Feb. 27, 2022 

Artist talk, light refreshments, live keyboard music by Mae Siu Wai Stroshaneand free raffle for fun prizes.

Gallery Hours
Fridays:  12:00 Noon - 5:00 pm

Saturdays:  12:00 Noon - 5:00 pm

Sundays: 12:00 Noon - 5:00 pm 

Covid-19 Requirements
Please note that all visitors and staff are required to present proof of full vaccination upon entry and CDC-approved face masks must be worn inside the gallery.

Artist's Exhibit Statement

This opening solo show includes some of my photo images from locations both near and far. In 2012, I traveled with my wife and daughter to Italy to visit the home of my grandparents in Sicily for the first time. It became immediately apparent why all four grandparents chose to emigrate to the USA: to escape poverty and limited opportunities in order to seek a more prosperous life. The Italy photos in this show represent a small collection of images from that 2012 trip.

Clouds have always been a fascination to me, wondering how previous artists captured varied cloudscapes with and without the use of a camera. All my cloud photos were taken through the windows of commercial flights in the US and abroad. One such photo, “Coach Class Sunrise”, is featured in a 10 ft X 30 ft photo installation in Logan Airport Terminal A and appears in a smaller version in this UVA show.

The challenge on the ground has been to find varied and compelling combinations of subject matter and mini-worlds that keep me engaged for an indefinite period of time. Fortunately, I have found many such locations. Most notably, the Charles and Mystic Rivers, Boston Public Garden, Emerald Necklace, Mt Auburn Cemetery, seaside and urban locations as well as local plant and animal farms. This show includes several images from these numerous explorations.

Currently, due to the arrival of Covid-19 and my need to stay home or close to my home in Brighton MA, my recent fine art landscape photo efforts have been concentrated on Boston area scenes, especially those of the beautiful parkland spaces.  I have found a greater appreciation for the familiar landscape, possible due to a renewed sense of the importance of simply being happy with what we have.

Artist Biography

Francis Gardino, a Brighton resident and member of the Council of Advisors for Unbound Visual Arts, received his Bachelor's of Fine Art in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  He is a member of the Allston Arts District Open Studios, and the Photographic Resource Center at Lesley University.  He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions throughout Massachusetts.

His large scale installations include a 10’ wide x 30’ tall cloud photo at Logan Airport’s Terminal A, and other large format photos at the Mystic Valley Watershed Association, Charles River Conservancy, Boston Public Garden, Massachusetts State House, Brighton Allston Historical Museum, Workbar Arlington, Mt Auburn Hospital Cambridge, Mt Auburn Hospital Clinic Belmont, the Winchester Hospital and the Dedham Wellness Center.

He has self-published four photo books, of which three are included in the curatorial library of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. His photos have been shown in the Danforth Art Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum annex and the Italian Consulate in the Federal Reserve Building in Boston, and he’s won numerous awards including the “Best of Show” at the Duxbury Art Complex 2015 Winter Show. The Danforth Museum in Framingham MA owns one of his photos titled “Brewster Rock”.

As a current member and past president of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers, he continues to pursue the captured beauty of landscape and non-traditional panoramic photographic imagery.



Twitter: @GardinoFran

Source: Unbound Visual Arts website:

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Exciting News: Unbound Visual Arts' Arthaus Gallery Opening!

You are invited! See UVA's Arthaus Gallery Opening details below! 

Unbound Visual Arts (UVA) cordially invites you to the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Arthaus Gallery on Sunday, December 12th at 1:00 – 4:00 pm EST at 43 North Beacon Street in Allston near New Balance Headquarters and Boston Landing.

This new gallery will enable UVA Members to celebrate and showcase original works of art from a diverse array of artists throughout the greater Boston community. Since 2018 when UVA first started meeting with The Mount Vernon Company, the opening of the Arthaus Exhibit Gallery has been a long sought-after initiative to provide a formal space for Boston “creatives” throughout metro Boston and to further enrich Allston’s historic and cultural arts district. One of UVA’s primary goals is to make unique visual artwork available to the public and curate one-of-a-kind exhibits. The Arthaus gallery is included in a new 81 unit rental and homeowner development and is Allston-Brighton’s first community-based art gallery.

To commemorate this special occasion, UVA is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony. In addition, we will have live jazz music by the Josiah Reibstein Duo, refreshments, the UVA Holiday Sale with plenty of arts and crafts, and a community art project for everyone. We hope you will be able to join us for this momentous event.

To RSVP, please go to by Wednesday, December 8th, 2021. We look forward to celebrating this special occasion with you!

Yours truly,

Grand Opening Celebration Committee:
Jeanne Lin, Chair
Susan Loomis-Wing
Ruth Rieffanaugh
Karen Smigliani
John Quatrale

RSVP for Dec. 12th

UVA's Mission Statement
Unbound Visual Arts (UVA) is a unique Allston-Brighton based non-profit art organization. We serve the Greater Boston community with impactful educational programs and exhibits to encourage learning, engagement, and change. 

Source: UVA

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

UVA Exhibit "Invisible Disabilities" live on November 18!

Another exciting exhibit from UVA!

UVA News

Invisible Disabilities explores the personal experiences of individuals living with disabilities that are not easily seen. Curated by University of Westminster graduate Samantha Joyce and designed by Kyung Eun Lee, this exhibit showcases a series of paintings, videos, and mixed media created by visual artists. Addressing the theme of representation, curator Samantha Joyce explains that “art in general is usually a good representation of the artist, their surroundings, and their community, but what happens when you have a disability that is not easily seen by the naked eye?” With this exhibit, she aims to “shed light on invisible disabilities and encourage their representation in a greater number of galleries and museums to help build a wider audience.”

Artists: Romani Berlekov, Linda Clave, Sam Fein, Steph Koufman, Pauline Lim, Lydia Lodynsky, Maia Monteagudo, Amaranthia Sepia, Jennifer Turpin

Virtual program with the curator and artists, with music and raffle

Thursday November 18, 2021, 6:30 pm EST - Invisible Disabilities. 

Source: UVA

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

UVA Exhibit "Teaching Children About Racial Justice" live on November 13!

UVA News

UVA has recently opened two impactful exhibits: "Teaching Children About Racial Justice" curated by Kyung Eun Lee, and "Invisible Disabilities" curated by Samantha Joyce. Over 25 artists represented in the virtual galleries. Just click these buttons and start touring! There are virtual programs too. 

Teaching Children About Racial Justice >>

Teaching Children About Racial Justice, curated by Rhode Island School of Design graduate Kyung Eun Lee, examines the unique ways we can gain a more profound understanding of racial equity and foster meaningful conversation with children and families. The exhibit features artists whose work includes paintings, photographs, mixed media, and sculptures that reflect on education and justice in today’s youth generation. Curator Kyung Eun Lee observes that “open dialogue and validation of children’s experiences is a vital step in encouraging honest, positive change in both ourselves and our communities.” Her curatorial vision focused on “harnessing the power of creativity to generate a varied discourse and inspire meaningful reflection among public audiences.”

short video tour of the exhibit.  View or download the press release and Exhibit Catalogue here.

Artists: Sonia Ben Achoura, Paul Ayihawu, Sarah Buckius, Ugonma Chibuzo, Véronique Anne Epiter, Anum Farooq, Yee Jae Kim, Lewanda Lim, Elisandra Lopes, Mathew Okazaki, Merlo Philiossaint, Christina Qi, Peter Slingluff, Carve Stone, Jennifer Turpin, Mary Vannucci, Ngoc-Tran Vu

Virtual program with the curator and artists, with music and raffle
Saturday November 13, 2021, 5:00 pm EST - Teaching Children About Racial Justice. 
Source: UVA

Sunday, May 23, 2021

WGS Newsletter 2021 Now Published!

We are excited to announce the publication of the 2020-2021 WGS Newsletter! 

See WGS Newsletter here:

Please note the sections celebrating the WGS co-sponsored Unbound Visual Arts exhibition and Artists Panel discussion, Stronger Sisterhood: Representing Intersectional Identity and a related program, Stories of Resilience: Our Stories Matter (page 7) and the annual UNESCO/UNITWIN Network feature update (page 14). The Gender and International Development Initiatives (GaIDI) of Brandeis University was a promotional supporter. 


Friday, May 7, 2021

Unbound Visual Arts Presents: Self-Preservation: A Complex Human Instinct

Join us for a late afternoon of fun to celebrate our virtual exhibition, Self-Preservation: A Complex Human Instinct. Enjoy a live musical performance from Mae Siu Wai Stroshane, an exhibition tour, a Q&A with the artists, and a raffle for exciting prizes!

The 11 artists represented are Nancer Ballard, Donna Caselden, Linda Clave, Catherine Lawrie, Sally Lee, Elisandra Lopes, Kat Masella, Maia Monteagudo, Michaela Morse, Jennifer Jean Okumura, and Diane Sheridan.

Self-Preservation: A Complex Human Instinct is curated by Cecilia Christman and designed by Kyung Eun Lee. Cecilia has a degree in art history from Boston College and assisted in an exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Kyung has a master's degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. The exhibit explores forms of self-preservation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Self-Preservation: A Complex Human Instinct is available in the Unbound Visual Arts Virtual Exhibition Gallery for 24 hours a day through June 30, 2021. The exhibit features 22 works of art, which include paintings, photographs, mixed media, and sculptures that reflect on themes of healing and division during the pandemic.

Enjoy the virtual gallery at

View the one-minute video tour available on YouTube at

Curator Cecilia Christman observes that “as a result of the pandemic and the country’s reckoning with racial injustice, the practices of individualism and self-preservation have burgeoned into many new forms.” As curator, she aimed to illuminate different forms of self-preservation, inviting artists and audiences to “explore the ways in which self-preservation can hurt, heal, divide, and unify.”

Gender and International Development Initiatives (GaIDI) and the BU/WGS-based UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture and People-Centered Development are promotional supporters. 

Visit the Self-Preservation Exhibit Gallery

Friday, April 2, 2021

Invisible No More: Asian American Responses to Atlanta

In solidarity with Asian American Pacific Islander communities, please see the following video of "Invisible No More: Asian American Responses to Atlanta," moderated by  Dr. Takeo Rivera, BU Assistant Professor of English and of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies that houses the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network. Description posted by Boston University on YouTube below:

"On Friday, March 26, a group of Boston University professors gathered virtually for a panel discussion in response to the Atlanta spa shootings that took place just over a week prior in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia. The event, which claimed the lives of eight people, has been widely characterized as part of a nationwide pattern of anti-Asian hate crimes and targeting. According to #StopAAPIHate​, a coalition that tracks incidents of violence and harassment against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S., hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans have surged by nearly 150% from 2019 to 2020. The panelists spoke on a range of academic and personal topics and will continue to hold space for larger community conversations on how to move forward as an Asian American community at BU. Panelists: Dr. Yoonsook Ha - Boston University School of Social Work 

Dr. Hyeouk Chris Hahm - Boston University School of Social Work 

Dr. Choi Hee An - Boston University School of Theology 

Dr. Kính T. Vũ - Boston University College of Fine Arts

Moderated by: Dr. Takeo Rivera - Boston University College of Arts & Sciences This event was co-sponsored by BU's Anna Howard Shaw Center, School of Theology, School of Social Work, College of Fine Arts, Faculty & Staff Assistance Office, Diversity and Inclusion Office, African American Studies Program, Department of English, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program."

Link to video of the Panel Discussions here:

Monday, March 22, 2021

UNESCO/UNITWIN Network Stands in Solidarity with Asian American Pacific Islander Communities

We at the BU-based UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture & People-Centered Development stand in solidarity with AAPI communities. Please see Unbound Visual Arts' Statement of Solidarity below:

UVA Stands in Solidarity with the Asian American Community

Unbound Visual Arts (UVA)  is appalled and devastated by the events that transpired in Georgia last week and by the increasing acts of violence against members of the Asian-American community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. UVA stands against racism and xenophobia and does not condone racially motivated acts of hatred, prejudice, and discrimination towards people of Asian descent or individuals of any race or ethnicity.  Our hearts go out to the victims of the recent shootings, their friends and family and to those who have experienced anti-Asian harassment and abuse, which we do not tolerate.  

How You Can Support:

If you are interested in supporting the victims of the Atlanta shootings and AAPI justice, please consider donating to these causes here:

To learn more about how you can combat anti-asian racism and #StopAsianHate in your community, here are a list of resources:

To organize against racism and build support for Asian Americans in your community, join the Commonwealth of MA Asian American Commission's Town Hall on Anti-Asian Racism, Thursday, March 25th at 6:00 pm ET:

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Celebrating Another Great Cultural Heritage Story: St Gabriel's!

It's not every day that we have a great cultural heritage restoration story! Please see below a message from Linda Mishkin, President of the Brighton-Allston Historical Society and documentary film "Writer," and Diane Kline, Member of the Board of Directors and film Executive Producer. Enjoy!

Greetings friends and neighbors:

When plans to develop the historic St. Gabriel’s site in Brighton were nearing approval, some of the project's mitigation funding was earmarked for the creation of a video documenting the restoration of the spectacular Monastery and Church buildings on the property. The restoration is now complete. Our documentary tells its story.

Along with the renovation of these buildings, our video shows how development and restoration can co-exist beautifully. To achieve this successful balance, it was essential that the voices of individual community residents were heard and the desire to preserve our heritage was honored.

We hope that you enjoy watching this amazing transformation and that it will rekindle fond memories for long-time members of the St. Gabriel’s community.

Thank you,
Linda Mishkin and Diane Kline
Brighton-Allston Historical Society


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

In Celebration of Margaret ‘Peg’ Snyder by Marilyn Carr, Mina Mauerstein-Bail, & Brenda Gael McSweeney


Flyer credit: UN Women

Register in advance for this webinar at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is Former President of Liberia and the inspiration for The Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund International, a UNESCO/UNITWIN Network Affiliate.



by Nancy Hafkin

She was my mentor; she made my career with the UN. And she was the most selfless person I have ever known. Until her passing she never wavered from this commitment to improving the lives of women in Africa. 

See Nancy's In Memoriam to Peg Snyder here:

Peg and Nancy
Photo courtesy Comfort Lamptey,
collection Marilyn Carr


by Marilyn Carr

I first met Peg just over 45 years ago when she recruited me sight unseen to join the multi-institutional team she was putting together at the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa. Known as the African Training and Research Centre for Women (ATRCW), this was the first centre to respond to the demands from women at the 1975 Mexico Women’s Conference to have focal points within the UN dealing directly with their many and diverse needs. Having been instrumental in bringing many African women’s voices to Mexico, it was only fitting that Peg should be chosen to head up the African Centre, and I was honoured to be invited to join the team. Although I was only 28 at the time and Peg could have chosen someone with much more experience, characteristically, she wanted to give the younger generation a chance and, thus, I became one of the many people who had their entire life changed by and owed their UN career to this extraordinary woman.

Peg's 75th Birthday Party -- staff from ATRCW, UNIFEM, UN/UNDP -- Laketch Dirasse, Nancy Hafkin, Joann Vanek, Mekdes Gebre Medhin, Teckie Gebre-Medhin, Mary Tadesse, Kristin Timothy, Ruby Sandhu-Rojon. Peg seated second from left. Myself seated right.
Photo courtesy Marilyn Carr

Following a detour through Khartoum to join Peg on a three week mission to advise the newly formed Women’s Ministry in the Sudan, complete with a flight onwards to Addis where we met with Mother Theresa, I arrived for my three year assignment at ATRCW in November 1975. I was there to advise governments on appropriate technologies for women to save time on domestic chores such as fuel and water collection and increase their productivity in agricultural work and small businesses. This was an Africa-wide assignment and a daunting task at a time when FAO was still giving training to men while women did most of the farming and UNICEF looked upon women simply as mothers rather than bread winners in their own right. Backed up by statistics collected through ECA which showed how much women were contributing to family incomes and to national economies, Peg wanted to create a new environment in which credit, training and technology would go straight to women in their roles as farmers, merchants and entrepreneurs. A theme which was to be repeated 3 years later when she went on to set up UNIFEM.

 A field trip to SEWA groups in Gujarat.
Photo courtesy Marilyn Carr

No one could have had a better boss. Peg’s first instruction was to write a plan for what I would do for the next 3 years if no one got in my way. This I did, and she more or less then let me get on with it. Having no travel money, she persuaded UNICEF’s regional office in Nairobi to provide this and, with the support of her many friends in UN agencies, governments and NGOs throughout Africa, we were able to make a real difference. One of my favourite projects was the introduction of corn mills into Burkina Faso (then Upper Volta) to save women endless hours in grinding crops. This not only gave me the privilege of working with Brenda McSweeney – then Assistant Resident Representative of UNDP in Ouagadougou, but also the chance to marvel at how Peg bullied ECA (which was not an executing agency) into procuring grinding mills rather than paper clips. This was a pioneering pilot project and, while there were really very few grinding mills in Africa in 1975…they now can be seen in almost every village.

Myself and Peg on Mitchell Place roof garden to celebrate Wanjira Mathai's marriage. 
Photo courtesy Marilyn Carr

Same party with Peg, bride and groom.
Photo courtesy Marilyn Carr

The three years based in Addis were magical. Peg not only guided my career and taught me how to learn from African women themselves, she introduced me to her entire network of friends ---- many of whom, including Thelma Awori, Achola Pala, and Terry Kantai --- I still count as my own close friends today. Peg managed to secure the bungalow next to her own for me to live in while in Addis and so we were neighbours as well as colleagues and I have very fond memories of the many parties she hosted next door when Women’s Conferences were being held, and the many evening suppers we shared during curfew when they were not. I was sad when Peg left Addis to move to New York to set up UNIFEM. But, I returned to London 10 months later to rejoin the international NGO that had seconded me to ATRCW and was to continue my working relationship with Peg through many consultancies to help build UNIFEM along side Peg’s first deputy – Banke Akerele and fellow consultant Jacqueline Ki-Zerbo. During those 9 years, I always stayed with Peg at her lovely apartment in Mitchell Place and came – as so many of her friends have done also – to regard it as my home away from home.

Myself (R), Peg (L) and Banke Akerele (C)-- Peg's first deputy at UNIFEM who went on to become UNDP Res Rep in Zambia and Foreign Minister in Liberia.
Photo courtesy Marilyn Carr

Once UNIFEM was firmly established, I decided it was time to re-enter the world of women and so gave up my post as Chief Economist in an organization where I was the only professional woman among nearly a hundred men, and accepted yet another life-changing opportunity offered by Peg --- to set up UNIFEM’s first Regional Office in Harare covering the SADC (Southern African Development Community) countries. Again, Peg offered maximum support and minimum interference and I was able to grow in the trust that she held in me.

Peg, myself and Ginny Sauerwein (L) -- former UN Coordinator for UN Affairs and her Airdales.
Photo courtesy Marilyn Carr

Just before Peg retired from UNIFEM, I was ready to hand over the well established Harare Office to an African woman, and Peg arranged for me to transfer to New York to head up a newly created Technical Section in support of the three Regional Sections. Although Peg had left the office before I arrived in New York in 1990, she helped me to secure my own apartment in her building – and so, for the second time around, we became neighbours. For the following 30 years until her death we became really close friends and shared a busy social life with the many visitors who came through New York and stayed over at Mitchell Place or came for lunch or supper. Every year Peg hosted a Christmas Eve supper – one year with Wangari Maathai and her entire family, and on New Year’s Eve we would go to the evening performance of Alvin Ailey at City Center before returning for cheese and wine with neighbours in her apartment and then going to the roof garden to watch the fireworks. Another favourite social occasion was visiting Ginny Sauerwein (former UN Coordinator for NGO Affairs) at her lovely home outside of NY City to take her Airdale Terriers for long Sunday walks and playing with the litters of puppies which arrived on a frequent basis. I was happy to be able to organize parties for Peg’s 75th, 80th, 85th and 90th birthdays and she, in return, organized parties for my 50th, 60th, 65th and 70th birthdays. All of them magical! At Peg’s 75th birthday, we asked for donations to help set up a Book Prize in her honour --- the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize administered by the African Studies Association that gives an annual prize to an African woman author – alternating between fiction and non-fiction.

2 Above: Peg’s 90th birthday party. 
Photos courtesy Marilyn Carr

In addition to her busy social life after leaving UNIFEM, Peg also became really immersed in gardening – as Chair of the gardening committee at Mitchell Place – and was instrumental in turning our roof garden into one of the loveliest in Manhattan. Many parties were hosted up there including one to celebrate the marriage of Wanjira Mathai. A special box with a very special flowering plant will be dedicated with a plaque to Peg to help us to remember her. She also continued to support the women’s movement. She was on the Board of Green Belt Movement USA, continued working with Women’s World Banking and helped to set up the Johnson Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund and served as a Board Member. She wrote numerous articles and book reviews, traveled to deliver many lectures and continued to visit organizations such as SEWA (Self-Employed Women's Association) in India to which she had given support during her time at UNIFEM. And of course, she also wrote her books on ATRCW and UNIFEM, as well as her two books on Ugandan women entrepreneurs. Peg’s extensive collection of documents is archived at Princeton University. Her role as a ‘first in the UN’ was celebrated in 2016 with an exhibition at UNHQ ‘HERstory: A Celebration of leading women in the United Nations’ which was launched by Ban Ki-Moon and Antonio Guterres. 

This photo was taken and sent to Peg by the Green Belt Movement in honour of her 90th Birthday. 
Note the poster photo of Wangari and then Wanjira standing between the H and the
Photo courtesy Marilyn Carr

Despite her busy life, Peg was always ready to respond to requests for help and advice and always put others before herself. She was one of the most caring and selfless people I have ever known.

Peg at the collection of documents archived at a Mudd Library, Princeton University. 
Photo courtesy Marilyn Carr

I will miss my mentor, friend and neighbour. This is a hole in my life I will never be able to fill, but I am glad that I have had the honour to spend so much of my life in the company of such an extraordinary person and had my life so enriched as a result. We will all miss you Peg – but you will never be forgotten.

by Mina Mauerstein-Bail 

I first met Peg when she was heading up the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in the late 1970s. I was the focal point for Women in Development (WID) at the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa. With a very small staff and a big agenda, it was amazing to watch Peg in action. Her extraordinary ability to bring people together and get things done effectively in a bureaucracy enabled a highly dedicated group of women around the world to undertake groundbreaking work for the benefit for women and girls everywhere.

At Peg's Apartment
Photos courtesy Mina Mauerstein-Bail

Our paths crossed once again when I retired and we worked together on the Board of Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund to support market women in Liberia. Peg, now in her 80s, showed no sign of slowing down. We traveled together to Liberia to meet with market women and better understand their realities and hopes for themselves and their families. I so very much enjoyed working with Peg again. Her warmth, her kindness, her wit and her intellect made work fun! 

Peg was a colleague and a friend. When I think of Peg, I smile. There are some people who bring out the best in other people. Peg was one of those people. May she Rest in Peace and May Her Memory Be A Blessing. I miss you, Peg.

The Legendary Margaret 'Peg' Snyder 
by Brenda Gael McSweeney
Peg Snyder and I initially met in Mexico City at the first UN Conference for Women in 1975. Peg was then based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as Co-Founder of the African Training and Research Centre for Women and Head of the Voluntary Agencies Bureau of UNECA, while I was posted across the continent with the UN Development Programme in Ouagadougou, Upper Volta, West Africa — home to the Government/UNESCO/UNDP pilot Project for Equal Access of Women and Girls to Education. I had been charged to look into closing down this Project, with its faltering literacy component — a proposal that neglected women’s roles as farmers and food processors —an issue that Peg brought great visibility to through speeches and publications in All-Africa terms, backed by UNECA data. Our West Africa Project’s grinding mills — that could vastly lighten female workloads — were appreciated by all the villagers, male and female alike; we in fact attracted major funding from USAID, the World Bank, and later the Gates Foundation. Here Peg with her UNECA colleague Marilyn Carr, an Expert in Village Technology and Rural Industry, rejoined our story. They supported scaling-up this appropriate technology component — including sending Virginia Sauerwein of the NGO world to help spread the word.

L to R: Marilyn Carr, Peg Snyder, Pamela Mboya, Brenda Gael McSweeney: 
ATRCW/ECA, Addis (Circa 1975)
Photo: Collection of Marilyn Carr

With passionate interest and experience with the women in development portfolio at the village level, we were among ‘go-to‘ folk participating in Africa and global gatherings for ECA and UNDP respectively — one such, in Nouakchott in 1977 where Peg was representing ATRCW that she co-founded with Ethiopia's Mary Tadesse. ECA‘s top official was not pleased when I announced that UNDP was no longer willing to subsidize their general operations, yet happy to continue to support the catalytic ATRCW (run by the dynamic duo of Peg and Mary with their dedicated team)!

From 1977 to 1979 I turned to ECA/ATRCW leading-edge publications in conducting my research into lessons to be learned from the Women’s Education Project in tandem with its dynamic Coordinator, women's education pioneer Scholastique Kompaoré. For my doctoral thesis I used Peg’s/ATRCW’s time–budget livelihoods model, that compared male and female workloads. I suggested expanding the model to include additional variables important in West Africa — Peg later adopted these into their model!

Peg at the Bandelier National Monument, Santa Fe
Photo courtesy Brenda Gael McSweeney

Two decades later, when Peg was back in New York City writing books and co-founding the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund, and I was back in Boston in academia with Boston and Brandeis Universities, Peg and I met up again at UNDP gatherings of senior officials. In October 2016 Peg was enthusiastically telling of her positive field assessment of a UNIFEM-supported livelihoods initiative that was thriving decades later in Cuba. I asked her to consider writing it up (see below!) for the blog of our BU-based UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture, and People-centered Development. Then she also graciously provided an insider's story titled "How African Women Led the World: the Story of the Women's Center of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)" for Volume II of which I was Editor of Gender Perspectives in Case Studies Across Continents. Later Peg, hearing of a new series I wished to launch on Women and UN Origins, volunteered to prepare a (hard-hitting!) article on the vagaries of establishing women and development entities in the UN — including UNIFEM of which she was Founding Director. And Peg agreed to share a personal reflection piece for a forthcoming e-book that Scholastique Kompaoré — the tireless women’s education advocate in Upper Volta/Burkina Faso — and her colleagues proposed, to help make ever more visible the lessons learned from the Project for Equal Access of Women and Girls to Education — now popular across Africa, notably the drudgery-lightning technologies portfolio.   

Power Trio (L. to R.) Peg Snyder, Renu Chahil-Graf, Soknan Han Jung 
(October 2016)
Photo courtesy Brenda Gael McSweeney

Camaraderie with Peg was a constant thread: in policy debates, joint struggles to advance women’s rights and empowerment — and group laughter. Peg: your legacy lives on!

I’m now discovering that I know just one corner of Peg’s amazing mosaic promoting women’s rights and advancement globally. I’m excited at the prospect of hearing and joining to shout-out all four corners of Dr. Margaret 'Peg' Snyder's phenomenal legacy!

With admiration and affection, Brenda

More tributes to — & articles by — Dr. Margaret 'Peg' Snyder, illustrating her stellar legacy: that lives on!

Peg Snyder with the now Chair of the UNDP Senior Alumni Network, 
Soknan Han Jung at La Fonda on the Plaza 
Photo courtesy Brenda Gael McSweeney

~ 28 July 2020:
Launching our new 'Women & UN Origins' series — first entry by Dr. Margaret 'Peg' Snyder, titled "THEY CAN MOVE US BUT THEY CAN’T STOP US: Surviving the Early Years of 'Women and Development' in the United Nations." Link:

~ 15 November 2016:
Dr. Margaret 'Peg' Snyder (our Affiliate-Member) celebrated by distinguished journalist Barbara Crossette! Link:

~ 18 December 2015:
Margaret 'Peg' Snyder delivers African Studies Association Annual Lecture: "Four Decisive Decades: The Birth and Growth of a Global Women's Movement." Link:

~ E-published for 2014-15 (see page 158):
"How African Women Led the World: The Story of the Women's Centre of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)" by Margaret Snyder. Link:

~ 22 February 2013: 
Peg's co-authored feature on Quitrin: A Cuban Success Story, 1985-2013. Link: