Following these events, I had the fantastic opportunity to represent WomenNC at the US Mission to the United Nations briefing event. This event was an opportunity for the US delegation working towards creating the Agreed Conclusions document to share their work and some of the successes of the United States regarding gender equality policy. It was also an opportunity for civil society to contribute their opinions about the Draft and make suggestions to the US Delegation to consider advocating for. It was an engaging dialogue to witness, as NGO representatives and the Delegation communicated about how best to bolster the document to support the rights and empowerment of women and girls. Some of the other successes mentioned were the recent passing of the first ever Security Council Resolution on sexual exploitation just last week.
Following the event, I got the chance to speak with and take a picture with Ambassador Sarah Mendelson, the US Representative on the Economic and Social Council at the UN!
The evening ended with a lively NGO Reception event, where I got the opportunity to meet and mingle with all kinds of people. It was a relaxing evening to a long, but rewarding, day. I can't wait to wake up tomorrow and do it all again!