Women Taking the Lead – from New York and Worldwide

Our international department is out in full force at the 55th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York this week.  Arguably the world's most potent event about women and gender, CSW 55 brings women and men together to discuss and develop strategies for gender action and consideration in development, society, culture and the environment.  The NGO-CSW New York network of organizations organizes the civil society and NGO component of this event, and engages leading organizations and experts in providing insightful workshops and panels. For example, yesterday I heard and spoke with inspiring and innovative women in the fields of the growing green economy and science and technology entrepreneurship.

Through a panel discussion titled Women, Climate Change and the New Green Economy, the NGO-CSW NY Sub-Committee on Women and Climate Change brought experts from the Earth Institute, Soroptimist International, and other groups to discuss on-the-ground practical measures which focus on the needs and perspectives of women and girls to successfully fight climate change and improve quality of life. One innovative approach by Soroptimist International is to train not just local female community members and leaders, but also leading women entrepreneurs to green their business practices at every step of the business and production chain.

An equally inspiring event, hosted by the Women’s International Center, brought four amazing women of diverse backgrounds who are fighting the cultural and technical barriers to women’s leadership in science and technology. Through outreach and advocacy work, education initiatives and film production, these women are at the frontlines of promoting gender parity in these fields. A dynamic discussion of how women’s leadership and coalition-building is lacking at the top of these fields ensued following the presentations, proving that much more needs to be done in this arena, which Earth Day Network is working towards through our WAGE™ Campaign.

Stay tuned for more news and updates from New York’s CSW 55.