Saturday, March 7, 2015
Blog #8- NYC
I must begin with this is one of the most unique birthdays that I have ever had. It is not every day that you can say that you spent your birthday at the United Nations in New York City registering to support CEDAW and CSW. Being an original New Yorker, (and an upstate I might add) I am not “wowed” by the magic of New York…. What has helped to make this experience so wonderful is knowing that I am part of promoting and advocating to CSW and women’s rights. …. And I go to do it all on my birthday! It took until we were here to internalize the magnitude of CSW. It is powerful to be a part of The Beijing Platform 20+ and share in the promotion of the ratification of CEDAW nearly 59 years after its origin. The Committee on the Status of Women is crucial to the worldwide advancement of women’s rights, and we are here to help promote CEDAW. It is a great honor to take part in such a momentous event.
I am looking forward to attending sessions not only on women in the military, but also sessions on the status of women in Latin American countries. As a Spanish teacher it is important that I incorporate culture and current events into my curriculum. What better way to educate my students, than by bringing them first-hand information from my experiences here at the UN! I know from spending time in many Latin American countries that women need advocating. It will be interesting to see what other NGO’s and government organizations have to say and report on the status of women and how it may or may not differ from what I have seen while in other counties.
Tomorrow will be an informative day. Consultation Day for the NGO’s will educate us as to how CSW is run, the history as well as the events that are offered. It is one thing to read all about CEDAW and the purposes of CSW online, I expect that meeting the I am looking forward to getting the events booklet and selecting my daily four events. There is so much to see and attend this week, I do not know how I will fit it all in!
So here is to a new year, another year older and an amazing start to a week of once in a lifetime experiences!