UN Commission on the Status of Women Session 62
12-23 March 2018 | New York, USA
The UN Commission on the Status of Women is one of the largest annual gatherings of global leaders, NGOs, private sector actors, United Nations partners and activists from around the world focusing on the status of rights and empowerment of all women and girls, everywhere.
Since it was established in 1946, the CSW has worked to promote women's rights, document the real experiences of women around the world, and shape global standards for gender equality. In 1996, the mandate of the CSW was expanded to include reviewing progress on the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action - the key global policy document on gender equality. Since 2015, it has also contributed to the follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on gender equality and women's empowerment issues.
In addition to all this work, at the CSW's annual two-week meeting it addresses emerging issues relevant to its work worldwide. This year, its priority theme is "challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls", and its review theme is "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".
Of course, it would be unfair send our team all the way to New York with no time to see the sights! In addition to attending the CSW, our delegates will get a tour of the city, meet the most famous woman in New York (that is, see the Statue of Liberty!), and have some free time to explore. They'll also meet incredible civil society experts at their offices in New York and at the CSW's official NGO Forum and Reception.
DEPARTS AKL - 7 March
RETURNS TO AKL - 28 March
TRAINING WEEKEND - 16-18 February
APPLICATIONS DUE - 20 January
$1500 DEPOSIT DUE - 31 January
DELEGATION FEE - $5720
We're excited to have our Women Deliver Global Conference alumna Ihlara McIndoe leading our team to the Commission! Ihlara studies law and music at the University of Otago, and has a keen interest in increasing opportunities for women, particularly in the arts.
Ihlara has a passion for increasing young people's interest in music. She is a Youth Ambassador for New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music New Zealand, and directs an intermediate school choir for girls. She also works as a music contributor for Critic magazine, and local newspapers.
In early 2018 Ihlara traveled to South East Asia on a Centre of Asia Pacific Excellence scholarship, focussing on trade and politics in the SEA region.
In the future, Ihlara hopes to use her legal education and passion for classical music to work in the music industry. She wants to play an influential part in creating more opportunities for women in music academia, and fostering young people's interest in classical music.