I am pleased to announce that our Chapter is a co-sponsor of an important local UN-related event. Since 2010, WomenNC has sponsored a panel of North Carolina university students at four successive United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) conferences in New York City. The struggles encountered by women globally are discussed at the CSW, a two-week annual conference in New York, established in 1956, that attracts 6000-8000 participants from 180+ countries. The conference forums involve governmental and 400+ NGO’s (non-governmental organizations), whose goals are to increase awareness of problems, share ideas to develop solutions-based initiatives and report on the status and effectiveness of programs.
WomenNC’s Student Fellowship provides a leadership training framework to engage young adults in our regional community. The focus is to facilitate the development of future leaders through a greater understanding of the inequities women and girls face. Awarded Student Fellows embark on intensive research, partner with organizations addressing the dynamics and challenges affecting women and develop recommendations for improved conditions.
By involving young people at CSW, as representatives of North Carolina, the Student Fellowship Program establishes a local-to-global-to-local connection, acknowledging women’s global issues. As one of the first organizations to formally sponsor university participants at CSW, WomenNC Student Fellows not only present their research findings from North Carolina at CSW panel discussions, but they share the “best practices” of North Carolina organizations, with the hope of providing solutions to improve women’s human rights and strategies that may be replicated in global communities.
Upon return from the United Nations to North Carolina, these young ambassadors share their findings and UN CSW experiences at dozens of venues including university campus symposiums, community forums, non-profit group meetings, and media interview outlets. They often bring back global solutions and tactics that could be utilized in North Carolina and shared with local service organizations. Hence, the full circle of the Local-to-Global-to-Local WomenNC CSW Student Fellowship Program is completed.
Thursday, February 20, 2014, WomenNC’s 2014 Fellows will share their findings with the North Carolina community at the Institute for Emerging Issues, located in the fabulous Hunt Library at NC State University Centennial Campus, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Event details, registration, and sponsorship options can be found in the attached flier or at http://www.womennc.org/events/feb-2014-fellowship-dinner/.
Gregory C. Flood
President, UNA-West Triangle Chapter