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Planet 50-50 by 2030

The SSND delegation at the UN CSW include Notre Dame of Maryland University students and faculty during the commission's second week in session, from left: Sister Eileen Reilly, SSND UN representative; Jussara Kramer; Susan Barber; Barbara Newman; Jennifer Ashwell; Samatha Dameron; Eli Kudjawu; Mia Diamond; Megan Donegan; Sister Sharon Kanis, SSND; and Beth Hancock.

The SSND delegation the first week at the UN CSW, from left: Sister Eileen Reilly, SSND; Sister Kathy Jager, SSND; Micayla Wilson; Caitlyn Lowry; Corey Fletcher; Mariajose Ortiz; Linda Pham; Sandy Montgomery; Allison Moser; and Tony Smith. 

Call for bolder actions for women's rights, gender equality

  Read the Wilton Villager article about the SSND delegation at the UN CSW

During the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, at the 20th anniversary celebration of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, speakers called for bolder actions from governments and louder mobilization from citizens to move forward the agenda on women’s rights and gender equality, saying progress in the past 20 years has been too slow. Planet 50-50 by 2030 is the goal.

“Today we celebrate, but we still have a long way to go,” said President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia. “It is a time to recalibrate the global agenda. As we walk this path … we bring the same courage, the same resilience, the same persistence, to make Planet 50-50 a reality.”

A valuable experience

The School Sisters of Notre Dame delegation to CSW, which included faculty and staff from Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore and Notre Dame High School in St. Louis, saw some of that courage, resilience and persistence first hand. When asked, “What was the most valuable part of the experience of CSW?” some of the responses from the SSND delegation participants were:

“It was inspiring to meet so many women working for gender justice.”

“Connecting with so many women from other parts of the world.”

“Seeing the diplomats at work.”

“Hearing peoples stories and personal testimonies.”

These sentiments provide a great summary of the work the SSND delegation was about these two weeks, said Sister Eileen Reilly, SSND representative at the United Nations.

“We not only saw the diplomats at work, we did our best to influence the outcome of their work – with some degree of success, especially in our efforts to be sure that girls are included,” said Sister Eileen. “These efforts at advocacy were enhanced as we heard personal testimonies that illustrated so well the need for gender justice. We all came away with contact information and websites to continue connecting with women and girls from all around the world.”

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