WomenNC CSW Leadership Training Program is a continuum to WomenNC’s Mission to lead young adults in the elimination of social injustice for women and girls.
Since 2010, WomenNC has sponsored a panel of North Carolina university students at nine successive United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) conferences in New York City. Fifty-four (54) WomenNC CSW Fellowships have been awarded to young women and men demonstrating high motivation for involvement in regional and international women’s human rights issues and solutions.
Student Leadership Training Program Goals and Evolution
WomenNC’s signature Student Fellowship program began in 2009 based on two primary objectives.
The first goal was to provide a leadership training framework to engage young adults in our regional community. The focus was to facilitate the development of future leaders through a greater understanding of the inequities women and girls face in North Carolina. Awarded Student Fellows embark on intensive research, partner with organizations addressing the dynamics and challenges affecting women, and develop recommendations for improved conditions.
In parallel, many similar struggles are encountered by women globally, and are discussed at the United Nations’ annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This two week annual conference in New York, established in 1956, attracts 6000-8000 participants from 180+ countries. The forums involve governmental and 400+ NGOs (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 second goal was to involve young people at CSW, as representatives of North Carolina, and to establish a local-to-global 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 also 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 U.N. 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, Local-to-Global-to-Local WomenNC CSW Student Leadership Training Program.
UN CSW Priority Themes
- 63rd CSW 2019: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
- 62nd CSW 2018: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.
- 61st CSW 2017: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.
- 60th CSW 2016: Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.
- 59th CSW 2015: “Beijing +20: the Commission will review progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration & the Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.”
- 58th CSW 2014: “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)* for women and girls.”
- 57th CSW 2013: “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women & girls.”
- 56th CSW 2012: “The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges.”
- 55th CSW 2011: “Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.”
- 54th CSW 2010: “Commission on the Status of Women will undertake a fifteen-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly.”