Practicum in Advocacy at the United Nations 2011

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) and the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University (CWHHR) are offering the opportunity for college students to attend the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings at the United Nations in New York from February 19 – 26, 2011.

Click here to read Rebecca Joy Norlander's blog from the 2011 CSW Practicum at the UN in New York City.

Advocate at the UN

1) When: February 19 – 26, 2011

2) Where: UN Headquarters in New York City

3) Who: Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from across the nation

4) Why attend: Strengthen your skill-set in advocacy, increase your knowledge of international women's issues, and gain valuable contacts and insight into UN processes

5) What you have to do: Submit an application by November 14th, 2010 and then raise money to attend

Practicum in Advocacy at the United Nations 2010
Practicum in Advocacy at the United Nations

 

 The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) and the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University (CWHHR) are offering the opportunity for college and university students to attend the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings at the United Nations in New York from February 19 - 26, 2011.

The CSW is dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women. Representatives from member states gather to identify problems and issues affecting women internationally. CSW meetings are typically attended by thousands of women affiliated with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world. Alongside the official discussions and reports, these NGOs sponsor hundreds of "side events" such as panels, workshops and performances addressing local and international issues affecting women.

The 2011 priority theme of the CSW is “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”. Students participate as delegates of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and contribute to the official documentation of both official and informal meetings. This program is open to women enrolled at any college or university in the United States, and provides ample opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and exploring career opportunities in international relations and advocacy work.

Students interested in being a part of the college and university women's delegation are urged to apply.  Students should also identify a faculty member from their home institution who will help negotiate collaboration between WILPF/NWSA/CWHHR and the student's college or university.Students interested in being a part of the college and university women's delegation are urged to apply. Students should also identify a faculty member from their home institution who will help negotiate collaboration between WILPF/NWSA/CWHHR and the student's college or university.

The tuition for the Practicum is $1650, which includes lodging offered on a double occupancy basis. For those willing to share a Queen size bed with another student and have more than two in their room, we are offering a $500 discount. The tuition fee will cover all meals, lodging, registration and entrance to the CSW, NGO preparatory meetings, membership to Y-WLPF (the young women's caucus of WILPF) and daily briefings from faculty and other experts. (The fee does not include transportation to New York City or public transportation during the week's stay). Limited scholarship funding is available and students are encouraged to raise money on their campuses and in their home communities to support their attendance.  

Applications can be found at www.wilpf.org and should be e-mailed to BOTH csw2011@wilpf.org and lbelton@wilpf.org by November 14th, 2010 at 12 noon

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