The Fight to End Gender-based Violence Continues

I have been an advocate for the fight to end gender violence for quite some time now. Since my undergraduate career at St. John’s University, I have believed that women’s rights should be as important as any other topic or issue, if not more important. Since women are often depicted as vulnerable and dependent, there are those that wish to take advantage of such and force them in sexual exploitation and other heinous acts that are degrading.

My name is Andre McDonald, and I cannot sit by inertly while that happens.

There is a considerable amount of organizations that are in the war to eradicate violence against women. Be that as it may, every Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) and Civil Society Organization (CSO) handles it from a diverse point of view, a view that utilizes various lenses to analyze and dissect gender violence, whether it is a feminist lens. It is critical to discover an organization that aligns with your point of view, so you can be an integral part in the fight for gender equality. I can genuinely say, that I found that in NGO CSW NY. Besides from being across the street from the United Nations, I get to work with some of the trailblazers that are fighting for women’s rights. The staff and my fellow interns know when it is time to be serious and know when we can take a few minutes to relax and catch each other up on our personal lives. I am so upbeat to be working alongside some of the most professional and cool group of people that I have ever met.

Outside, of my obvious passion for women and gender equality, I am a graduate student at Columbia University, pursuing my Masters of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. I hope to apply the theories and foundations that I learn to help civil society restore a little bit of faith and humanity to the world. Also, I serve on the Young Professionals Board of ECPAT-USA, a 501(c)(3) organization that aims to end the sexual exploitation of children through four tenets; awareness, advocacy, policy, and legislation.

While I am here, I am looking to broaden my fundamental knowledge of human rights and gender violence along with practices that I can implement to help those that are suffering from gender violence. Over the years, I have read ample amount of scholarly articles and books regarding the issues in various context. However, it is different when you have the ability to apply what you learn to real-life situations and that is what I am most excited about. I want my work at NGO CSW to be conducive to the longevity in the war against gender violence.