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Speaking Up and Acting Out: Advocates Come to NY for Major UN Meeting

Written By: Kelly Castagnaro
February 23, 2010

 

My grandmother didn’t know she had rights.

My mother thought she could only be a wife and mother.

My older sister doesn’t know about her body.

This stops with me and my generation.

These are the words of Clara Nkwemi, who addressed policymakers and donors at a reception during the Fourth Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights in Addis Ababa.  Clara attended the Advocacy in Practice Training we co-hosted with Advocates forYouth following the conference in Addis, and will be in New York this week to strategize with 11 other youth advocates from 10 countries prior to the UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting. 

Everyone at IWHC is excited to learn with and from such talented and exceptional young feminists.  Tomorrow, the office will be buzzing.  We look forward to hearing more about their experiences and writing about what we learn during the Aip.   And we have no doubt that this generation will create a different future.

 Get ready United Nations!

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