Each year Federation EIL is invited to send representatives to the annual Commission on the Status of Women at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
This year, the Federation was represented by Jennifer Collins-Foley, a Senior Advisor for Inclusive Development at World Learning (Federation EIL’s US member) along with colleagues Kathryn Schoenberger and Leslie Eldridge. Kelly Salasin, who previously worked in the International Office of Federation EIL, also participated, along with her son, Lloyd Salasin-Deane, who volunteered this past year with INLEX/CA (Federation EIL’s member in Central America.)
In addition to the commission meetings, panels, events, talks, briefings, and presentations, Federation EIL members participated in the public March for Gender Equality to celebrate International Women’s Day. During the week, delegates also gathered at the home of Connie Crosson, who serves as of Federation EIL’s United Nation’s Representative. Connie is a graduate of SIT (The School for International Training at World Learning), and a former member of the US Committee for UNICEF. She is also the proud mother of an Experimenter, as well as a host mother to many over the years.
An estimated 11,000 people took part in CSW 59 this year. Soon-Young-Yoon, Chair of the NGO Committee on Status of Women, said that this was the largest feminist movement at the UN in New York ever–more than double the attendance in previous years. She attributed this increase to the ways in which women’s rights were being scaled back worldwide. (IPS News
NGO’s with consultative status with the United Nations are among those invited to attend the annual Commission on the Status of Women. Over 1100 organizations registered this year. Federation EIL has held consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 1978, and was recognized in 1989 as a Peace Messenger organization by the UN Secretary General.