|Jane and I starring in Amateur Night at the Apollo (actually it was CSW NGO Consultation Day)|
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Homework - CSW Day 2
Happy International Women’s Day! We celebrated today in the historic Apollo Theater with the CSW NGO Consultation Day. I really appreciated the speakers and panelists—especially Dr. Gertrude Mongella and Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson. Ruchira Gupta, founder of Apne Aap, gave an inspiring lecture, during the course of which I learned that over 27 million people around the world are currently enslaved. I urge all our readers to check out their website and please learn their inspiring stories fighting human trafficking.
Going in to tomorrow and our first day of speaking events, I have a lot of questions, goals and hopes of what I’ll learn. During Gertrude Mongella’s talk, she asked us to all figure out “what our homework is,” meaning what actions will we take after the CSW to further women’s human rights. Tomorrow I hope to learn what my “homework” could possibly be. My question continues to be about the role of young people here at the CSW. Today, we listened to a great youth panel, but it actually left me with more questions. Does having to single out a youth panel signal that we’re still an “attraction” here at the UN? Is that a problem?