Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Ending Violence Against Girls Across the World

"The Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination and Violence Against the Girl Child" is the priority theme of the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women, which started on February 26th and ends March 9th. http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/51sess.htm

I'm thrilled to see "the girl-child" become the center of attention of a major international gathering, but I can't help from wondering why girls don't garner quite the same attention in the US. My experience seeking funding for girls' conferences (and girls' programming in general) in New York has left me discouraged about the priority of girls domestically. I've been face to face with prospective funders who want to know why we still need to fund girls' programs, because they seem to think that girls have "caught up" and are "doing okay now."

Back to the good news
At least 200 girls are in New York from across the world to talk about their experiences as girls.
Girls will present at both official UN CSW events, as well at several of the "Parallel Events" held in conjunction with non-profit organizations. I'm going to try to make it to a few of the events, including March 2nd's "Girls Speak Out."

Want more up to date blogging on the CSW? Check out openDemocracy's ongoing blog
http://statusofwomen.wordpress.com/

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