“Cool! What does that actually mean?”
The past few weeks in the lead up to our delegation’s departure has been nothing short of exciting and unreal: constituting a flurry of errand-running, making the acquaintance of some brilliant and clued-on women who really do shine the way you imagine superstars do
Well. I've got my passport. Getting me to where I need to go on flights. But I've also got my passport to life. I know who I am. I know why I'm here. Ready to fly...and eat some maccas while I'm at it x
It is clear that popular music plays an integral role in the reflection, and shaping of society. It is arguably one of the farthest reaching forms of disseminating information, whether that information is about love or friendship or politics or society or simply dancing at a club. Everyone has heard a piece of music that they have connected with, understood the message on a personal level, or been inspired by. Throughout my journey to New York I will be tapping my toes to Shania, I’ll be tempted to sing along with Aretha, I’ll feel like a boss listening to Beyoncé, I’ll be inspired by Pussy Riot and Madame Gandhi and the rest of the kick-ass women who feature on my playlist. My taste of music may have changed, but I cannot deny the important role these artists have played in my life. In the words of Queen B, “Who run the world? Girls”.
In anticipation of her trip to CSW62, Allanah examines the numbers, ideas and people that are inspiring her to advocate for change.
Tomorrow I leave to New York to undertake one of the most incredible opportunities I have been lucky enough to receive. Read my internal thoughts as I scramble to process what this all means for me.
I have always identified with Hermione Granger, but never have I felt so desperately in need of a Time-Turner than now. With up to 15 CSW events on at the same time each day, choosing which to attend is a struggle. Like Hermione, I have my own pet focuses when it comes to human (or elf) rights issues: gendered issues around media representation and climate change are my particular interests, so naturally the events on these clash as much as humanly possible.
Applications are now open for our first ever delegation to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Applications are due midnight, Sunday 4 March 2018.