NCOSS is proudly attending the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) in New York from 12-22 March 2018. This will be the second time NCOSS is involved in CSW, with this year’s theme set as Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.
The Commission on the Status of Women brings together UN member states to address the disadvantage faced by women and girls across the globe. It is an incredible space where thousands of women converge to share ideas, innovative solutions, to network and connect across sectors, and across nations. It provides the opportunity to hear about how other nations are working to address gender equality in new and innovative ways and how we can all work together to deliver the best outcomes for women and girls. It is a privilege for NCOSS to be able to participate, engage with these ideas, and share these insights with our members.
This year, we are proud to bring a delegation of accomplished women who represent the diversity of experiences in our state of NSW. This will be a great opportunity for them to learn and grow their skills, and to add their voices and perspectives in the many and varied discussions and decisions that are made at CSW.
Here’s a little bit about each of them:
- Keira Jenkins is a young Gamilaroi woman from Moree, north western NSW. She is a journalist and photographer with the Koori Mail newspaper based in Lismore on the north coast.
- Un Ai Jo is a young woman of South Korean descent who works as a Solicitor at the Inner City Legal Centre. She also runs the Safe Relationships Project at the Downing Centre Local Court for LGBTIQ community members escaping domestic violence.
- Penny Dordoy is a passionate advocate and change champion for issues affecting women in rural and regional NSW. Based in Orange, she is currently studying for a Master of Social Change and Development, and sits on the board of Central West Women’s Health Centre and the Central Western Daily.
- Harpreet Dhillon is a young woman who is an advocate for gender equality and multicultural youths, and was an ambassador for Girl Guides. This year, she will be the first female in her family who has been able to finish school, and have the opportunity to go on and attend university.
You’ll be hearing more from them during CSW as they share their experiences, stories and updates from what is happening on the ground. We'll be sharing blogs, videos and updates of what the team is up to while in New York on our social media channels and on the NCOSS Women campaign page. Watch this space!
You can find out more about our work at CSW and our experience at CSW61 here.
Thank you to our partner National Association of Community Legal Centres, and to our sponsors HESTA and Settlement Services International for their sponsorship of these incredible women.