“Women are enthusiastic but don’t always have confidence” These are the words from Jasmyn Mumme, an immediate past national president for Business and Professional Women Australia. As a GLI virtual delegate I had the opportunity to attend several parallel events throughout the NGO Commission on the Status of Women/N.Y. The CSW meets annually to evaluate the progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set standards, and most importantly formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide.
As a first year attendee, I was exposed to conversations with women worldwide from all different races, gender, age, and cultural background. The most prominent ideal that resonated with me from the CSW parallel events was the progress toward the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals. 1. No poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 3. Good Health and Well-Being, 4.Quality Education, the list goes on. These goals provide the foundation and fulfillment to commit and transform our world.
One of the NGO/CSW events that Stefanie attended was "Girls, Politics, and Power: A Conversation with Youth Activists" hosted by Girls Learn International.
What is the Commission on the Status of Women?
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women. CSW65 took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 15 to 26 March 2021.
What are Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)?
NGO CSW/NY organizes the civil society side of the UN CSW. The NGO CSW Forum runs parallel to the events occurring during the CSW. This provides civil society the opportunity to engage in the processes and events of CSW without ECOSOC-accreditation or a UN grounds pass.
What is the Theme of CSW65?
CSW65 Priority theme: Women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls;
Review theme: Women's empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session)