Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. More than 4,400 came for this 59th session.
A snapshot of their messages and perspectives on this year’s session…
Hannah Stanton Sweden
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
and one of the facilitators rolling out the Voices against
Violence curriculum developed with UN Women.
Samia Al Hashimi Sudan
Karama, an independent network of women activists,
policymakers and academics for Arab women's full
participation - a grantee of the Fund for Gender Equality.
Moreblessing Tawonezvi Zimbabwe
Community Activities Coordinator, YWCA, and Yvonne Hebert.
Terry Ince Trinidad and Tobago
Network of NGOs of Trinidad & Tobago for the Advancement
of Women, a national umbrella group for all women’s
organizations, and a grantee of the Fund For Gender Equality.
Elizabeth Tang Hong Kong
General Secretary at the International Domestic Workers
Federation, a membership-based global organization
of domestic and household workers.
Sophia Pierre-Antoine Haiti
Programme coordinator at a youth centre for high-risk girls,
YWCA member and Yvonne Hebert scholar.
Minerva Halteh Palestine
Computer systems engineer and member of the YWCA, and
Yvonne Hebert scholar.
Kumudini Samuel Sri Lanka
Director of the Women and Media Collective, an NGO focused
on the inclusion of women and gender concerns in the peace
process and in new legislation - an FGE grantee.
Patricia Munabi-Babiiha Uganda
Member of the Forum for Women and Democracy, an
organization focused on promoting gender equality in
all areas of decision-making, and an FGE grantee.
Rosa Pavanelli France
Public Services International, a global union federation
representing 20 million workers.
“Empowering women means creating jobs,
but it is also a matter of creating public service, to
satisfy the caregiving needs for children and the elderly
that create the conditions for good and sustainable jobs,
jobs that can bring substantial development and that
aren’t presented as compromises for women.”
Victoria Nnensa Malawi
A medical doctor, member of the YWCA, and Yvonne
"My main message
is that all young people should be included in all discussions
that take place, especially if they’re discussions about them,
their rights, and they should be the ones advocating for what
they want, who say what they want to see, come 15 years from
now, because that’s their future. It affects them so their
voice is very important in every discussion."