Sunday, March 10, 2019

The United Nations with WomenNC: Day 2

Today WomanNC attended the NGO Consultation Day, the first CSW event of the week! Hosted at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Consultation Day was a day-long convening of NGOs attending CSW to share their work and connect. The day started with a performance from Paprika, an all-female drumming group. This was followed by a conversation with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary General of the UN and Executive Director of UN Women, and Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the UN. The women discussed the role of social protections in establishing gender equity, as well as other relevant topics like the #MeToo movement. One quote that stood out to me was from Ambassador Nason: “Social protections allow us to fly, but also act as a safety net.”

Following the discussion, the event organizers presented the Woman of Distinction Award to Gharsanay IbnulAmeen. At 22, IbnulAmeen is the youngest recipient of the award to date. She is a grassroots organizer based in Afghanistan, working to promote women’s education and leadership through the development of the Young Women Leadership Conference.

Kaitlin, Amelia, and I with Gharsanay IbnulAmeen (left)

The rest of Consultation Day was spent listening to amazing panels that hosted presenters from a plethora of countries and organizations, as well as spoken word and music. Later, I was able to explore more of the city with the other scholars, wrapping up the evening with a great group dinner. I can’t wait for the official start of the 63rd CSW tomorrow and our presentations!

Post-session pretzel!

1 comment:

  1. I hope all of you stay in touch with the Woman of Distinction Award winner, Gharsanay IbnulAmeen, even long after CSW is over. I imagine all of you will help to change the world--for the better!