A few thoughts from one of our delegates, Nanette Cobbley, about Consultancy Day:
2014 NGO CSW New York Forum
The 2014 NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) CSW (Committee on the Status of Women) New York Forum began with Consultation Day where UN NGO representatives and delegates from around the world met and spoke on issues effecting women and girls globally. The Great Hall at Cooper Union was filled to capacity with women who all had a similar agenda; to effect a positive change by bringing peace, gender equality, and proper resources for all people. To facilitate change we need to begin at the grass roots with women empowerment beginning with our homes and work out towards a national level.
Among the prominent topics discussed were how to have access education for women and girls, making sure communities have the resources they need, overcoming discrimination, living a life free from violence, women being included in the integral parts of development of cities with more woman in government and leadership roles. There have been many positive changes towards gender equality but we have to evaluate where we are today and ask ourselves, “What and where do we go from here?” This is the time to move forward, be strong and use our creativity to create something better. By empowering women and girls, we can solve many of the economic problems. My favorite quote of the day was by an amazing seventeen year old girl, who said, “Don’t be a victim of your situation.”
Throughout the day there were three different panels that lead discussions on women and girl’s issues. The energy in the room was contagious and exhilarating as woman spoke passionately about changing the world one step at a time starting with their communities. Keep in mind it isn’t just about addressing women’s issues alone; it is about bringing awareness to every man, woman, and child on the importance of gender equality – not just women supporting women, but all humans respecting and supporting all other humans. Men and boys must be an integral part of “the change we wish to see.” It takes governments, organizations, and individuals to work together to bring a transformation that creates a world that is beautiful, safe, and prosperous place for all.
And women have a powerful and integral role to play in bring peace and security to this world.
Women’s Legacy Project delegates together for dinner.