Practicum in Advocacy at the United Nations

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Join us for the 55th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. Next year’s will focus on; “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 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 26th - March 5th, 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 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world.

Along side 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.

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 the Practicum and the student's college or university.

Practicum students are lodged at a conveniently located, full service hotel close to the United Nations. The standard cost for each participant is usually  around $1,190, which includes sharing a queen-sized bed with another Practicum student. The fee will be slightly higher for an unshared bed. This fee will cover all meals, housing, registration and entrance to the CSW, NGO preparatory meetings, membership in 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.

Applications for the 2011 session will be available Sept. 1, 2010. Check back here or contact  lbelton@wilpf.org for more information

 
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