CFUW Milton’s Lynn Shire attends United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW68)

Milton’s own Lynn Shire attends United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW68) in New York City March 11-22, 2024

The priority theme for the 2024 UNCSW68 is ‘Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective’.

What will be considered? Strategies to eliminate poverty, which has distinct adverse impacts on women, changes to institutions (including laws that restrict women’s rights) and levelling the financial playing field to enable women to participate more fully in business and economic life.

As one of 20 members of the CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) delegation from Canada, Lynn Shire will join policymakers, government officials, and activists from around the world for UNCSW68 in New York City on March 11-22. The UNCSW is the main intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls throughout the world. CFUW holds Consultative Status with the UN through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which permits it to send a delegation to join other accredited civil society organizations, UN Member States, and UN agencies.

Lynn’s experience as an educator, now retired, has amply prepared her for the delegate role. In her practice Lynn observed that young girls who experienced poverty were often unable to afford feminine hygiene products and as a result would stay home. In addition, young women often stayed home in the event that a younger sibling fell ill thus enabling parents to go to work. As an administrator Lynn worked hard to support these young women while juggling an education system more intent on implementing change to address test scores. ‘If this happens in Canada,” she adds, “one of the best resourced countries in the world, then the struggles of women and girls in other countries may be worse, especially in communities where poverty is rampant.”

Lynn’s goal in attending CSW is to hear the voices of women from around the world, listen to their lived experiences and hear the solutions that have resulted in positive changes worldwide. “Sometimes,” she says “a simple cost-effective practice can make a huge difference.”

Lynn looks forward to sharing her UNCSW68 experiences with local community leaders and members of CFUW Milton and District.

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