ON-THE-GROUND ADVOCACY: OPPORTUNITIES FOR FUTURE ACTIVISM

Nancy Rodriguez.jpgBy Nancy Rodriguez, Pace University student sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to attend 60th Commission on the Status of Women: I had the chance to meet many incredible people and was immensely inspired. I will work to incorporate the important stories and lessons I gathered from this experience into my future activism, because I am truly passionate about women’s rights and social justice. I will continue to reach out and keep working with many of the people I connected with during these days. I hope to lend any possible help to organizations like yours and the wonderful people engaged in the fight for human rights.

Pam Stoner.jpgBy Pamela Stoner, SNDatUN delegate to 60th Commission on the Status of Women: The breadth and quality of the NGO Parallel Events held each day near the UN were quite impressive. I particularly enjoyed all the various events held not just to inform but to train participants for on-the-ground advocacy and activism. For the second year running, NGO/CSW held ‘Advocacy Training’ workshops for different global regions and in English and French, focusing on how the UN is structured, how it operates, and providing an outline/toolkit for advocating within that environment. KADEM in Turkey provided us with manual and roadmap on civil activism. Groups focused on using creative arts to help transform victims into survivors and narrative arts to carry stories forward to world-wide audiences – all tangible ideas for going forward to impact change.

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.
On a quiet day, you can hear her breathing.

Arundhati Roy

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