United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 2016

School Sisters of Notre Dame delegation participate in UN Commission on Status of Women​

A delegation from the School Sisters of Notre Dame, including students from SSND-sponsored Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, will attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting March 14-24, 2016, in New York as the CSW addresses women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.During the annual two-week meeting, the CSW also will evaluate progress in the implementation of the agreed conclusions from the 57th session in 2013, which focused on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.Member states, as well as representatives of United Nations entities and of non-governmental organizations such as the School Sisters of Notre Dame, will participate in round table discussions, interactive dialogues, panel discussions and side events organized by stakeholders to draw attention to critical aspects of the work on gender equality.“This year’s theme is especially relevant to School Sisters of Notre Dame because the goal of sustainable development will only be accomplished when women and girls everywhere are educated and empowered to participate in the process,” said Sister Eileen Reilly, SSND, director of the SSND UN-NGO office.

The Commission on the Status of Women is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of member states gather at the United Nations Headquarters to evaluate progress on gender equality, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame has been a registered NGO (non-governmental organization) with the U.N. Department of Public Information since 1993. In 1998, SSND received special consultative status with the ECOSOC.

In addition to Sister Eileen, the SSND delegation during the first week of the CSW will include Sister Maureen Fleming, SSND, and Julie Gilberto-Brady, communications coordinator for the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The delegation from Mount Mary includes Julie Tatlock, history professor, and students Zecilia Alamillo-Roman, of San Diego; Brenae Clarke, Milwaukee; Adrianna Coronado, Milwaukee; Catherine Haight, Rockford, Illinois; Michelle Hawkins, Milwaukee; Sydnee Milis, Appleton, Wisconsin; Maria Perea, Milwaukee; and Sheila Suda, of Chuuk, Micronesia.

The congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame is an international community of women religious. The sisters educate with a world vision believing that the world can be changed through the transformation of persons. The sisters and their colleagues seek to empower women, youth and persons who are poor or marginalized and strive to change systems of poverty and injustice. More than 2,500 SSNDs minister in 32 countries.

Additional reports, video and photographs will be posted here throughout the CSW.

March 1, 2016
Julie Gilberto-Brady
SSND Communications Coordinator