Sunday, March 13, 2016
Day one - Consultation Day
My first official day here in New York was mind-boggling to say the least. To be surrounded by so many passionate women so dedicated and fighting for justice for women made me feel empowered. The sense of solidarity and love I felt sitting in the auditorium for Consultation Day almost brought me to tears. If Consultation Day reaffirmed anything for me today, it’s that there is power in coalition building and collective action. The voice of an individual matters in movements for change.
The panel emphasized the importance of implementation and financing of policy that will advance women. Such alliances and a global collective are crucial for the implementation of policy focused on women. The government needs the influence from society for the most effective policy. To see women like Saida Ali and Karen Abuzayd preach about their advocacy and experiences filled my heart with joy. There are people all over the world fighting and advocating for the same things I am; for justice for women. Women are oppressed everywhere and in every country, but it’s up to us to work towards a society that honors women.