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Attending UN CSW with my Granddaughter

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We are filed with gratitude for the opportunity to attend the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women held at the United Nations in New York. The theme of the Conference, "Empowering Rural Women and Girls" was an opportunity to meet women from many countries and listen to discussions regarding the challenges and needs in their communities. My granddaughter attended the CSW for the first time. She was impressed by how many challenges exist in our world that need young women to hold positions of leadership in both public and private sectors. Women and girls must be assured of equal access to technology, land-ownership, finance, equal pay, and an opportunity for higher learning and education. Many women shared how problems were identified, and actions necessary to implement solutions in their specific cultures. Attending the CSW Conference was an opportunity to understand the global significance of issues that affect women in all cultures and to be exposed to women's organizations united for a common purpose. To help future generations succeed, we need women to be empowered with knowledge and understanding so they can step up and lead.


In addition to attending opening day ceremonies at the United Nation and diverse events related to discussions on creating gender equality, we attended Jean Shinoda Bolen's Panel, "We Rise, We Rise, We Rise Together! 5WCW India 2022".5WCW is needed for progress toward equality and diversity. You can see extensive details regarding what we can do to support this Conference at 5WCW.org.


The Workshop event by Ann Smith and Lauren Oliver, "Circles Empowering Rural Women and Girls for Sustainable Future" was another memorable highlight.After listening to powerful stories from panelists, we broke into smaller circles to share what we are doing as individuals in caring for creation and listening to others. Many women shared how problems were identified, and the actions necessary to implement solutions in their specific cultures. You can find more information on circles at millionthcircle.org
 
Attending the 2018 UNCSW Conference was an opportunity to understand the global significance of issues that affect women in all cultures, and experience exposureto women's organizations united for a common purpose. To help future generations succeed, we need women to be empowered with knowledge and understanding so they can step up and lead.
 
We are especially grateful to Donna Goodman, founder of Earth Child Institute, who provided the opportunity for three generations to attend the UNCSW as Delegates. 
Betty Karr

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