Saturday, March 7, 2015

Blog #10-Justine

What a day.

First, I want to begin this post by thanking every single member of the WomenNC team—from Beth to Lois to Jane to all the board members and speaking coaches who have encouraged, challenged, and supported all of us throughout this process. It’s unbelievable to think that I’m in New York City right now, surrounded by my incredible peers, trying to process the events of the day.
Today, after walking through the United Nations completely slack-jawed, obtaining our grounds passes, and stopping for a quick bite to eat, we returned to the hotel to mediate on several very important questions—questions we will continue to think about and return to throughout the week. These questions include very broad, sometimes personal inquisitions: What do you want to learn from CSW? What is your plan of action? What do you hope to take back to your community and North Carolina from this trip? How is this beginning, rather than the end, of a journey? Throughout the week, I’m sure we will all continue to mull these topics over in our minds.
Tomorrow, we will be attending an all-day Consultation Event, to become better acquainted with the UN CSW 59, the Beijing Platform for Action, and the mission of CSW. I cannot wait to really get a chance to get my feet wet networking, and also become a true expert about CSW and this incredible event.

Until tomorrow,



  1. Can't wait to hear what you learn about reproductive rights around the world!

  2. The question, "how is this the beginning and not the end of journey?" is strikingly accurate in how special of an opportunity you have. You're stepping into an international arena and gaining a whole new perspective on your research interests. This is the beginning of something powerful that can help shape the rest of your life - soak it up, Justine! :)

  3. Ditto Katie's comments. I can just imagine you walking through the UN in awe, Justine. It is a special place, with real potential to help people collaborate to change the world. And you can be a part of that in a very positive and personal way. This is indeed the beginning of what is likely to be life-changing for you and the other Fellows. Soak it in!