Hello, and welcome to the blog designed to showcase the 2011 Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. This blog will be written by students currently enrolled in Lehigh University's course: Experiencing the United Nations: NGOs in Education Policy and Practice (CIE 405), taught by Professor Iveta Silova. They will be attending CSW conference parallel events throughout the two week span of the conference (February 22nd-March 4th, 2011 in NYC). The student contributors are members of both Lehigh University’s undergraduate program, as well as the Graduate program of Comparative International Education.
Building on the Lehigh University/United Nations (LUUN) partnership initiative, the course focuses on a structured practical experience for students to learn about the dynamics of NGO/UN relationships in international education development. The course is organized around the 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (the Commission), which is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide. In 2011, the conference will be dedicated to the theme of “access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.” The Commission will also evaluate progress in the implementation of the agreed conclusions from its fifty-first session on “The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child.”
We hope you find this useful, as we look forward to attending and reporting back from the conference!