Nine excited young women head to New York to raise the voice of 10 million

4 March 2014

The 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is fast approaching and by the end of this week nine Girl Guides and Girl Scouts will have arrived in New York. These young women will have been through three months of online training and preparations, individual research and reaching out to their governments with the ultimate goal of ensuring the voice of girls and young women is heard, loud and clear, by decision-makers.

“I got an invitation to a meeting at the Slovenian Foreign Affairs with the whole delegation and the minister at the end of February, two weeks before we all meet again at the UN in New York. I was super excited about this opportunity and being involved so high in my county’s foreign affairs. It’s a big honour to represent WAGGGS and Guides and Scouts from my country.”

 Petra, Slovenia – Youth Delegate

CSW is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and it is the main global policy-making body dedicated to gender equality and the advancement of women and girls.

Our website section dedicated to the conference gives you more information and background. It is a space where you can read the delegate’s biographies to learn more about what’s brought them to the CSW, you can keep up to date with their activities on the ground through videos and blogs and you can “take action” using the resources provided. 

This year’s theme is “the challenges and achievements in the implementation of the MDGs for women and girls” which is a topic our Member Organisations are experts on, through their work on the Global Action Theme and each World Thinking Day theme. WAGGGS is running a side event with the UN Millennium Campaign entitled “The World We Want for Girls: from MDGs to Post-2015”. WAGGGS will be exploring the fact that girls were largely left out of the MDGs and, as a result, can play a vital part in developing and delivering a strong, inclusive and human rights based post-2015 development agenda, after the MDGs expire.

WAGGGS have also joined in partnership with Soroptimist International and the World YWCA to deliver an event on the review theme entitled, “Pink is the New Blue: Opening Doors for Women and Girls” which will explore the barriers faced by girls and young women in entering into traditionally male-dominated fields.

“My MO have been well across the CSW and heavily supporting us pre-CSW to lobby, network and advocate. We had a teleconference with UN Women Australia and very recently flew to Canberra to meet with Australia's Global Ambassador for Women and Girls, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the PM's Advisor on Women and Care Australia!”

 Erin, Australia – Delegation Coordinator

The list of opportunities is still growing, even at this late stage, and WAGGGS is excited to announce that the Young Women’s Caucus, which is co-hosted by WAGGGS and the World YWCA, has been offered the opportunity to deliver a statement, on behalf of all young women, in the second week’s negotiations. We have also been individually selected to provide an intervention during an expert panel on the priority theme. This will take the form of questions and comments to raise WAGGGS concerns and directly incorporate WAGGGS key messages into the conversation.

The nine young women are not alone in their efforts as they are being supported by nine enthusiastic remote delegates who are using CSW 58 as a learning and development opportunity.

All of the young women have been hard at work connecting with decision-makers and other NGOs in their country who work on similar topics or in a similar field.

“I had a meeting with the joint secretary of the Ministry of Child and Women Affairs who is attending the pre-conference CSW in Thailand. I gave him the WAGGGS lobbying points and after he is back from Thailand we will have another meeting.” Tanjila, Bangladesh – Remote Delegate 

 

I want to get involved – what can I do right now?!

Visit our “Take Action” page for ideas and resources

Mark your calendar - Thursday 13 March, 12:00-14:00 GMT we will be hosting a live Twitter Q&A with our delegates in New York! You can send questions a head of time to comms@wagggs.org