NGO CSW Forum Consultation Day

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of United Nations Women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of United Nations Women

NGO CSW Forum Consultation Day will be held on 11 March 2018 from 9AM-3.30PM at Tribeca-Performing Arts Center (Borough of Manhattan Community College), 199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007. The program highlights include Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women, H.E. Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, Permanent Representative Mission of Ireland; Bureau Chair, Keynote Address by NGO CSW Woman of Distinction Sizani Ngubane, Founder of Rural Women’s Movement, South Africa as well as other international leaders in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. Tickets are $100.

The purpose of NGO CSW Forum Consultation Day is to set the stage for the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings (12-23 March 2018) and facilitate interactions between participant.

Consultation Day Program

Program Emcees:

Rosalee Keech, The League of Women Voters of the United States, and
Jackie Weatherspoon, US Women Connect

Priority Theme of CSW 62:
Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the
empowerment of rural women and girls

9:00 – 9:15
Cultural Melodies from the Himalayas: Mager
Indigenous Youth Dancers from Nepal

9:15 – 10:00
Welcome Messages and Conversation
Susan O’Malley, Chair
NGO Committee on the Status of Women/NY,
International Federation of Business and Professional Women
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women
H.E. Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason,
Permanent Representative Mission of Ireland; Bureau Chair,
Commission on the Status of Women
Conversation moderated by Lara Setrakian, News Deeply

10:00 – 10:25
Keynote Address
Sizani Ngubane,
Founder of Rural Women’s Movement,
South Africa

10:25 – 12:10
The Concerns of Rural Women
Panelists:
Gia Gaspard Taylor
Network of Rural Women Producers,
Trinidad and Tobago – climate

Maria Luisa Mendonca
Network for Social Justice and Human Rights,
Brazil – land and property rights
Lilly Be’Soer
Voice for Change, Jiwaka Province, New Guinea
– combating violence against rural and indigenous women
and girls
Ruth Faircloth
Rural Migrant Ministry, New York State, migrant farmworkers
Moderator: Esther Mwaura, GROOTS Kenya

Respondent: Hon. Marilou McPhedran, Senator (Canada);
Committees: Human Rights, Aboriginal Peoples,
Security and Defens
Time Description

12:10 – 1:15
Lunch (participants on their own)

1:15 – 2:40
Media: Women’s Stories
for Empowerment and Change

Sean Southey, pci media impact

1. Four women, in four countries, through four different media.
Their stories speak directly to the experience of women in
different regions of the world using the power of storytelling to
transform rural women’s lives.

2. Maximizing Impact with Interactivity: Seven Golden Rules for
Storytellers.

2:40 – 3:00
CEDAW Award Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti and
posthumous award to San Francisco Mayor Lee
who was the inspiration and enabler of the first
US CEDAW ordinance

3:00 – 3:20
Lavender Light Gospel Chorus