CSW – A whirlwind of a week!

By youth delegate Jenna Goodwin, 26, Ireland, reporting from New York

The WAGGGS delegation has been in New York for nearly a week now, taking part in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). So much has happened in that short space of time!

Last Friday (10 March), we went to Girl Scouts of the USA HQ for our delegation training. During this training, we were prepared for what to expect from our time at CSW. 

We practiced pitching our key messages and we answered questions as if we were on a panel at an event. We also talked about what our plans were for our action projects when we returned home.

Over the weekend, we attended the CSW Youth Forum. This was a chance for all youth participants attending CSW to input their ideas into the youth declaration – a culmination of the important issues that we see facing the young people of today. The youth declaration prepared by the participants highlights the issues young people want global decision-makers to address over the course of the next two weeks.  

CSW61 Delegates WAGGGS
Food for thought

Alongside the declaration, we also attended lots of events including panels and breakout sessions which gave us food for thought on a range of issues including investing in young women’s leadership in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, building young women’s entrepreneurship skills and how we can strengthen inter-generational partnerships.

At the Youth Forum we ran a Free Being Me session. Participants had the chance to try some of the activities offered by the Free Being Me programme. We had important and engaging discussions around the “Image Myth” and what we can do to build body confidence among girls and young women.

Some members of our delegation also ran a session on Stop the Violence which provided a chance for participants to discuss the causes and consequences of violence against girls as well as what solutions could be provided to overcome these challenges.

Speaking out

On Monday 13 March, CSW started and we all began to attend different side events and parallel events which were being run by various other NGOs as well as governments. Many of the members of our delegation had the chance to speak at various events and highlight our key messages as the only global movement for girls worldwide.

As we continue through the first week of CSW, we are looking forward to attending more events and speaking out on behalf of our 10 million members worldwide.

I am so proud to be part of this delegation. It’s so important youth voices are heard at CSW because young people are the adults of tomorrow. Young people understand the issues that affect them in their lives and who better to share these issues with global decision-makers than young people themselves.

Jenna Goodwin

"I am so proud to be part of this delegation."

Jenna Goodwin
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