Local 2 Global Program to Support Active WILPF Members as Delegates to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women


Here's how it works:

  • You commit to strengthening WILPF's work at the United Nations.
  • WILPF commits to offering you the opportunities and support you need to do just that.
  • You commit to spending the week of February 25th – March 3rd 2012 in New York City, attending sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women and side events organized by U.N. agencies and non-governmental organizations. 
  • We commit to covering your transportation to and from New York City, to lodging you in a full service hotel near the U.N., to offering you a complete orientation to the United Nations and the CSW, and to providing a full breakfast every day during your week in New York.
  • In return, you commit to learning all you can during your visit and sharing as much of what you learn with your sister WILPFers in your branch and across the U.S. Section. This can be done by organizing presentations or projects in your local community or actively participating in the national issue committee on environmental concerns and earth rights. 
  • You will organize one event in your local community focused on the role of the United Nations, women's human rights as defined by CEDAW, or on the themes of the 2012 CSW meetings.

The priority theme of the 2012 meetings of the UN Commission on the Status of Women is "the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges." Rural women in the U.S., including indigenous women, women of color, and the elderly, often live in conditions that limit their "voices" from being heard regarding health and food security, education, economic opportunity, and personal safety. WILPF is committed to assisting rural and indigenous women's active participation in shaping international approaches to poverty, hunger eradication, and development, and will give additional consideration to applicants living or working in rural areas within the United States. 

To apply to be part of this special delegation, please download and complete the application (PDF Application) (Word Application) and submit along with two letters of endorsement from members of your WILPF branch to local2global@wilpf.org and lbelton@wilpf.org no later than Wednesday, November 30 at 5 p.m. EST (deadline extended). Delegates will be informed of the status of their application no later than December 7, 2011. 

NGO Registration for the 2012 Commission on the Status of Women meetings will be strictly limited in 2012, due to space constraints resulting from ongoing construction and repairs. If space allows, any WILPF member may participate in the Commission on the Status of Women meetings by registering with Laurie Belton (lbelton@wilpf.org); however, our special funding allows us to offer this subsidized program to only 8 women in 2012.

Delegates will be expected to provide for their own meals (except breakfast) and ground transportation while in New York. 

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