62nd Commission on the Status of Women

Applications to represent WAGGGS at the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 62) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City are now open!

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Speak out and make your voice heard. Represent the voices of 10 million girls and young women at the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 62) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Apply today!

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What is CSW?

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women. Every year, representatives of the United Nations 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 the advancement of women worldwide.

Each year, the CSW focuses on particular themes. For 2018, the themes are as follows:

Priority Theme: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls

Review Theme: Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session).

The principal outcome of the CSW is the agreed conclusions on the priority theme of the year. Agreed conclusions contain an assessment of progress, as well as of gaps and challenges and set out concrete recommendations for action by governments, intergovernmental bodies, civil society actors, and other institutions.

Why does WAGGGS attend?

 WAGGGS has been attending the CSW each year for the last decade, using the conference as an opportunity to advocate for the rights of girls and young women and directly engage with decision-makers. The 62nd session will provide an opportunity to speak out on behalf of 10 million Girl Guides & Scouts around the world and ensure their voices are heard on the issues that matter to them. 

When and where?

The United Nations Headquarters, in New York, USA. The CSW Youth Forum will take place on 10-11 March 2018 and the main conference will be held 12-23 March 2018, however delegates’ travel dates would be confirmed closer to the time, depending on their role in the delegation.

What happens?

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 participate and speak at side events, raise awareness, take part in interviews, follow the negotiations, 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 learning and contacts from the event on a project related to the theme. 

How to apply

WAGGGS is accepting applications for three different roles within the delegation:

  •  YOUTH DELEGATE 

For this role, we are looking for young women who have been personally involved in Guiding or Scouting projects/programmes related to gender equality, ending gender-based violence, and/or the Millennium Development Goals and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and are passionate about these issues.

  •  DELEGATE COORDINATOR

For this role, we require experienced young women who have attended a previous international advocacy conference (preferably CSW, but also COP, UN General Assembly, etc.) as a WAGGGS delegate.

  • REMOTE DELEGATE

It is important to note that Remote Delegates will not travel to New York for CSW62 but will provide vital support to the rest of the delegation from their home countries, especially prior to the conference when governments will be most amenable to receiving WAGGGS priorities and key messages. The Remote Delegate role is a fantastic personal learning and development opportunity, and is as important a part of the delegation as those who will attend the conference in person. We understand the limitations around fully engaging the Remote delegates during the event itself, and are working to maximize their meaningful engagement.

For details of the role descriptions please see below.

Youth Delegate 

Delegate Coordinator 

Remote Delegate 

Please read the criteria and expectations linked to above before completing an application, so you understand what skills we are looking for and what responsibilities you will have.

If you are interested in representing WAGGGS as a delegate at CSW62, please download the CSW62 Application information and form and contact your Member Organization. Please keep in mind that all application forms must be approved by your Member Organization.  Any independent applications that have not been signed and endorsed by your MO cannot be accepted.

Please send all completed applications to Jean-Ann Ndow jean-ann.ndow@wagggs.org - or to World Bureau, Olave Centre, 12c Lyndhurst Road, London, NW3 5PQ by 22 October 2017.

If you are passionate about women’s rights and sustainable development, then we want to hear from you! We need your commitment and expertise to ensure our delegation to CSW62 is visible and vocal, amplifying the voices of Girl Guides & Scouts around the world calling for a fairer world where every girl can reach her full potential.

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