United and Strong will represent Saint Lucian women and Caribbean voices at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York from March 14 – 24. Communications Officer Maria Fontenelle, attends this seminal gathering of women right’s activists as part of a Caribbean contingent of non-government organisations
Over 8,100 NGO representatives are registered for CSW60. A record 208 events are scheduled, about 150 of them in the first week of CSW alone. Alongside this, NGOs will organize 450 parallel events in the vicinity of the UN. CSW60, from 14-24 March, is the first to take place within the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The priority theme will be women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development, and the review theme is ending violence against women and girls.
Fontenelle will present on two panels, the first on Thursday, March 17. “Caribbean Women’s Empowerment: Sustainable development gaps and opportunities for all” is presented by Caribbean Sisters in Unity Core Group (CSUCG). It features Kenita Placide, representative of ILGA Women’s Secretariat and former Executive Director of United and Strong, Louise Toby Finikin (Sistren Jamaica), Shirley Pryce (Jamaica Household’s Union), Joy Hewett, Delores Robinson (GROOT TT) and Angela Clarke.
You can join the conversation online via the #CSW60 and #CSW2016. The UN sessions will be broadcast live at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/csw/webcasts.