5 things you didn't know happened at CSW 58

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2 Abril 2014

1)     WAGGGS event with UN Millennium Campaign called ‘The World We Want for Girls: from MDGs to Post-2015’

A write-up of the event can be found here.

The event featured a great mix of panellists, including a young man, and had an interactive element – a fantastic way to showcase non-formal education and the way that Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all around the world learn and work together.

The four pillars of the ‘World We Want for Girls’ were identified, along with six building blocks that represented eight thematic areas highlighted as important by thousands of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all around the world, and the audience were asked to come up and use the building blocks to build the world we want. As proof that all the building blocks were required to achieve a world of equality and opportunity, a WAGGGS representative knocked one of the blocks out and we watched the world fall apart. It could not be clearer what was required in the agreed conclusions and in the Post-2015 Development Agenda to achieve the World We Want for Girls.

 WAGGGS CSW side event

2)      Erin Wicking, from Australia, addressed the UN Member States with a statement on behalf of the Young Women’s Caucus.

The Young Women’s Caucus is co-hosted by WAGGGS and the World YWCA and it creates a safe and inclusive space for any young woman attending the conference to come and share their priorities and views. This formed the oral statement delivered by Erin to UN Member States.

Nive Sharat Chandran, from YWCA New Zealand, commented on the Caucus:

"I really enjoyed being part of the Young Women's Caucus. It helped me connect with other young women present at CSW and work on issues we're really passionate about."

 

3)      Non-formal education made it into the agreed conclusions three times!

The agreed conclusions is the official outcome document from each CSW and this year the Member States reached a final agreement just after midnight on the final day of the conference. You can see the whole document here: http://www.unwomen.org/~/media/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/CSW/58/CSW58-agreedconclusions-advanceduneditedversion.pdf

WAGGGS was the only organisation lobbying for recognition of non-formal education in achieving the MDGs and the importance of it going forward post-2015. The delegates generated a lot of interest in various events, speaking out about their own personal experiences of the effectiveness of non-formal education, and, as a result, successfully influenced their governments into including it three times. Unexpectedly, it was included in direct reference of women’s grass roots movements – a shout out to WAGGGS perhaps?

 

4)      Sapreet, Deputy World Board member, speaks about the importance of volunteerism at UN Volunteers event

Write-up of event can be found here: http://www.unv.org/en/news-resources/news/doc/the-power-of-engagement.html

A wonderful moment was when Sapreet asked how many people in the room had been Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and a great number of hands shot straight up!

Sapreet CSW 58

 

5)      The delegation went out to celebrate Amy’s ‘fake’ birthday on their last night together

They went to Ellen’s Stardust diner where the waiters and waitresses sing Broadway songs to the customers. It was a great chance to celebrate the delegation’s work so far and motivate the young women to follow up on the commitments the Member States sign up to when they return home.