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Video: The United Nations and the Commission on the Status of Women

Written By: Audacia Ray
March 5, 2009

 

The 53rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is taking place at the United Nations from March 2-13. Every CSW has a theme; this year it is “the equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS”.

On Wednesday, March 4th, I took my first trip to the United Nations with my fellow IWHC Communications team member, Whitney Welshimer. If you’ve never been to the UN – it’s pretty intimidating. The buildings are huge, the hallways are endless, there are so many conference rooms, plus important things being discussed in many different languages.

We shot this video to give people an idea of what it’s like inside the United Nations in general (for instance: the Vienna Cafe is one of the only indoor spaces in NYC where it’s still ok to smoke!), plus to provide some insight about what the International Women’s Health Coalition does at the Commission on the Status of Women. We have a bunch of youth health and rights activists in town from places like Nigeria, India, and Brazil, who last week attended our Advocacy in Practice training. They are spending the week at CSW working with IWHC staff and partners to advocate for youth health and especially comprehensive sex education.

In addition to the video, here are some pictures we took. You can see the full set on our Flickr stream (no log in required).
IWHC staff, colleagues, and youth activists confer
IWHC staff, colleagues, and youth activists confer – the orange document is a draft of the agreed conclusions.

Inside Conference 1 during a meeting
Inside Conference 1 during a meeting.

From the inside looking out

Looking out at First Avenue from inside the United Nations.

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