International Women’s Day
Two Girlguiding members have travelled to the 56th UN
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nation’s
Headquarters, in New York, as part of a delegation representing the
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).
Pippa Gardner and Haley Bell are thrilled to be among the eight
delegates representing WAGGGS at the conference. They are
participating as event-related support delegates, and their
responsibilities include mentoring and guiding attendees.
The conference, which takes places from 27 February to 9 March,
coincides with International Women’s Day – taking place
today – which aims to promote gender equality and
celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women
all around the world.
Countries and organisations have adopted different themes to
mark this year’s Day. The United Nation’s theme is ‘Empower Rural
Women – End Hunger and Poverty’, while many organisations have
chosen the theme ‘Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures’.
Haley, 18, from County Antrim in Ulster, is a member of
Girlguiding’s youth panel Advocate!, she said, ‘I felt very
valued about being accepted and empowered that I can make a change
to make the world a safer and fairer place for girls’.
Pippa, 21, from Peterborough, holds guiding positions including
Regional Youth Forum Chair and Trustee of Anglia Region, and is
also an In4mer (peer educator), she said, ‘I am very excited about
being accepted to go to the UN CSW again, and it will be great to
use what I learnt last year to mentor the other members of the
Pippa gave the Young Women’s Caucus statement to the General
Discussion of the Commission and also wrote a piece for the
Huffington Post about the conference and the discussions which took
read the article here.
International Women’s Day began in the early 1900’s, and was first
celebrated by the United Nations in 1975. Click here to find out
Read the official
WAGGGS blog here with contributions from Haley. You can also follow the
official Twitter feed and find other posts about the event
under the hashtag #csw56.