”Working side by side with eight
thousand women creates a warm camaraderie and a palpable shared sense of
purpose!”, said ICJW President Robyn Lenn on returning from the
Commission on the Status of Women 61st Forum,
held in March
2017 at the United Nations in New York. The
Priority Theme of this Forum was “
The Economic Empowerment of Women in the
Changing World of Work
”. The overall aim was to upgrade gender balance and insist
on the implementation of women’s rights globally.
The CSW Forum annually runs for
two weeks in and about the UN buildings in NY. Daily there are six sessions of
one and a half hours with ten different NGO events occuring simultaneously in
different halls each session, in other words sixty sessions all dealing with
global status of women issues are presented each day.
As President of International
Council of Jewish Women, Robyn spoke of her pride in the contribution made
by ICJW's five accredited UN NGO Representatives to CSW 's
The International Council of
Jewish Women promotes women's rights programs for all women, not only Jewish
women. This year the organisation convened three CSW sessions in partnership
with other organisations. ICJW is the only global Jewish women's organisation
to annually organise and collaborate in CSW events with other global NGO
organisations at the UN.
The most outstanding ICJW event
at this year's CSW was organised in partnership with UNICEF and Together
For Girls. The session was entitled “It
Starts With Safety - Adding Girls To The Global Agenda”. The panel of five
young women, some still in their teens, included a Nigeria , a Syrian
refugee, a Pakistani and two American women. Collectively this panel of
empowered, educated activists amazed CSW delegates with their knowledge and
dedication to the task of upgrading the lives and safety of the
world's girls and young women.
Facts gleaned from this powerful
session include that one quarter of women resident in universities have
experienced sexual assault. Martial arts training empowers girls and women both
physically and emotionally. Girls must be empowered at the community level;
youth activism is critical and empowers girls. Boys and men should also
become involved .
The photo below shows the panel of
five young women activists and moderator Daniela Ligiero, CEO of Together with
Another CSW session with ICJW involvement was “Human Trafficking and Labour - Accessorising Our Lives At The Cost Of Others”.
ICJW partners Stop The Traffik and advocates fair trade and other agencies which work to upgrade the safety of workers, particularly women and children.
This session's panel concluded that each of us must act responsibly, should know where our goods come from, need to research supply chains of our purchases and be more aware of the scourge of global human trafficking.
At the ICW session entitled “Strategies to Transform Society: Empowering Women For Economic Rights”,
Robyn renewed her acquaintance with the President of the International Council of Women, Jungsook Kim.
The photo below from left shows Jungsook Kim, President of International Council of Women; Robyn Lenn, President of International Council of Jewish Women; Madeleine Brecher, ICJW UN Representative New York; Fran Butensky, ICJW UN Representative New York; attending the CSW 61 Forum in New York.
UN CSW Forum each year works with the world’s women, their organisations and
leaders to upgrade the status of women worldwide. All who attend and
participate are buoyed up with the enthusiasm and friendship of women from many
countries . The hopes of all those who
attend are that one day women will achieve their deserved equality in all areas
of human rights.
CSW61, a letter signed by 1,000 individuals and NGOs, representing about 80
countries, was presented to Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General during a
town hall meeting with NGOs representing civil society. Click here to
download a copy of this letter, which was signed on by ICJW.
You can also download and read the CSW61 Outcome Document here.