Become a WAGGGS representative at the 58th UN Commission on the Status of Women!
10 September 2013
Are you a passionate advocate for girls’ and young women’s rights?
Do you want to help accelerate the progress on MDGs and help shape the global development agenda post-MDGs?
Are you a committed learner willing to take action with your Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting organization, after the conference? Then this role is for you!
What is CSW?
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global policy-making body that focuses on gender equality and advancement of women at the United Nations. Every year, representatives of UN Member States gather in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.
CSW 58 Dates and Venues
Venue: UN Headquarters, New York, USA
Dates: 10–21 March 2014
Date of attendance: 05–15/22 March 2014
(the dates are tentative and the dates of attendance will depend on the role in the delegation)
Why do we attend?
WAGGGS sends a delegation of young women to CSW to ensure the voices of girls and young women are heard at the UN. By providing a platform for our members to directly engage with decision-makers, WAGGGS delegates seek to influence decision-making at a global level. CSW is also an opportunity for them to promote their Member Organizations, and personal projects that they have implemented to empower girls and women worldwide.
What is the theme?
Each year the CSW focuses on particular gender equality issues. In 2014, Member States will discuss the “challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls”. WAGGGS has an important part to play in this event. Through WAGGGS’ Global Action Theme – girls worldwide say “together we can change our world”, which focuses on the Millennium Development Goals, the World Thinking Day, which has been themed on MDGs since 2009 and a variety of other projects and campaigns, WAGGGS and its members, have been carrying out work on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) since 2008. As a result, WAGGGS is in a unique position, and has gained a wealth of specialist knowledge, in understanding how the issues highlighted in the MDGs affect girls and young women all around the world. As the leading voluntary organization for girls and young women WAGGGS can also bring significant contribution to the debate to ensure girls and young women’s voices and priorities are adequately reflected in the next development agenda after MDGs expire in 2015.
What will we do?
Pre-Conference: WAGGGS delegates will take part in pre-event training and tasks to build their knowledge and skills. Delegates will also connect with their national governments before the event.
Conference: WAGGGS delegates will follow the negotiations, participate and speak at side events, raise awareness, take part in interviews, meet up with their national government representatives and lobby decision-makers.
Post-Conference: WAGGGS delegates will implement an action plan where they will use their learnings and contacts from the event on a project related to the theme.
WAGGGS Global Action Theme: http://www.wagggs.org/en/take_action/gat
WAGGGS MDG Programmes: http://www.wagggs.org/en/take_action/MDGprogrammes
WAGGGS engagement in post-2015 development agenda: http://www.wagggs.org/en/post2015agenda
WAGGGS delegates at CSW 57: http://www.wagggs.org/en/csw57