News & Updates
On Sunday, 3 March 2013, the NGO CSW Forum 57 Consultation Day was held at the Armenian Convention Center Ballroom in New York City. This year's program highlights included remarks by H.E. Michelle Bachelet, UN-Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. Our keynote speaker was Bineta Diop, Founder and Executive Director of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) who was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2011. Read her remarks here.
Consultation Day is the kick-off event for our two-week CSW 57, and we were delighted to have Girl Be Heard perform their award winning show Trafficked for our opening act. The event's welcome speech was delivered by the NGO CSW/NY Chair, Soon-Young Yoon. We had an exciting line up that included a training in Communications & Social Media facilitated by PCI-Media Impact Executive Director Sean Southey. View Photo Gallery!
The NGO CSW Forum Reception took place at the beautiful Permanent Mission to Kazakhstan on March 5th of this year. Mrs. Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Laureate, and Bineta Diop both received the 2013 Women of Distinction Awards! Read Soon-Young Yoon's, NGO CSW/NY Chair, remarks, and view reception's photo gallery here!
-This year, the Artisan Fair found a new home at the Armenian Convention Center. The Fair was held on March 6th, and many people attended. View Gallery.
On 7 March, we had our 2nd annual Celebration March! NGOs from all over the world alongside our young members, interns, students and volunteers convened on 42nd St in New York City to commemorate this International Women's Day event! View photo gallery.
Yellow ribbons were worn to celebrate peace, equality and development.
More on the NGO CSW Forum:
On 8 March, a seminar on the elimination of violence against women was held at the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in New York. NGO CSW/NY Executive Committee member Dr. Padmini Murthy was on the panel. Please view her PowerPoint presentation. This event also had the participation of Dr. Chiou Shu-Ti, Director General of the Bureau of Health Promotion of Department of Health of Taiwan, as well as the presentation from H.E. Ambassador Carlos Garcia, Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the UN, and Vice Chair of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
On 9 March, the very first Regional NGO CSW committees' meeting was facilitated by Soon-Young Yoon, NGO CSW/NY Chair. She presented a PowerPoint during the "Celebration Luncheon and Brainstorming" and also offered logos as gifts for the regional committees to use designed by the NGO CSW/NY intern, Daniel Jurado.
These Regional NGO CSW Committees were partly funded by a grant from UN Women. Our thanks to UN Women for their continued support and partnership!
Find NGO CSW Forum events on YouTube!
Conversation Circles: The NGO CSW Forum organized thematic conversation circles that were free and open to the public. These circles incited conversations among groups with the same interests. The purpose was to create collaborations and work collectively to implement the UN frameworks and agreements in order to achieve gender equality. View below a few conversation circle repots:
NGO Caucuses: Focusing on advocacy, the official CSW outcome document, their own regional outcome documents and follow-ups on future plans for action.
For NGO documents visit this site.
Listen to the General discussion of the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (7 March 2013) here.
Or read Soon-Young Yoon's Oral statement here
Michelle Bachelet's letter to the NGO CSW
The following letter was received by NGO CSW/NY Chair Soon Young Yoon from the former Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Michelle Bachelet. While it was addressed to Soon Young, it was clearly meant for the entire membership of our NGO CSW/NY committee and so we wanted to share it with all of you. It represents a lovely thank you and farewell. We know you will appreciate her comments about our work and the extraordinary partnership we had with UN Women during CSW 57. Enjoy!
To read the letter press here
NGO CSW/NY Members' Meeting
Date: Monday, 25 February 2013
Location: UN Church Center, 8th Floor Boss Room
Business Meeting: 12:30 to 1:00 PM
Program: 1:15PM - 2:30PM