CSW-61 Theme and Events 13-24 March 2017
"Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work "
CSW-60 Theme and Events14-24 March 2016
NGOCSW New York
Chair: Susan O’Malley is the Main Representative to the UN (NY) for the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW)
and is a member of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's clubs of the USA, an affiliate of IFBPW. She is also Communication Chair and editor of Action for Girls for the Working Group on Girls. She was co-chair of the Planning Committee for the NGO Forum 59 and co-organizer of the monthly NGO CSW/NY meetings based on the 12 areas of action of the Beijing Platform for Action, 2014-2015. In addition to serving as the elected Faculty Trustee and Chair of the 22-campus City University of New York (CUNY) Faculty Senate, Dr. O’Malley was a professor of English and Women’s Studies at CUNY (Kingsborough and the Graduate Center) for 36 years. She has published articles and books on early modern women’s literature, Shakespeare, higher education, disability and civil rights. She holds an AB from Smith College and a PhD from Tulane University. She is currently involved in Cities for CEDAW to get CEDAW ratified in NYC.
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The United Nations Celebrates its 70th Anniversary!
photos from CoNGO-(Conference of Non Governmental Organizations in Consultative status with the United Nations) celebration meetings
Being a United Nations Representative for BPW International gave me the opportunity to realize that the UN, with its membership of 193 countries and where each country - no matter how large or small - has only one vote. It is the stage that enables political leaders to reach out to one another in ways they would have been unwilling or unable to do otherwise.
And, it is the stage where the influence and advancement of women in the UN began.
IFBPW has always been actively involved in the international women's movement, at grassroots level struggling for women's rights since the later part of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th. Although there was a League of Nations, women's organizations felt the need for the support of governments to achieve progress. That is why the involvement of women in the UN is so important.
When the UN started, there were representatives of approximately 100 NGO's. Now there are more than 3400 NGO's who have representatives active in the UN. The NGO's belong to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
There are different categories and criteria to be met to become a member. BPWI has the highest accreditation, i.e. General Consultative Status, a privilege reserved for international organizations that are in good standing with the UN and meet the ongoing reporting requirements. We are granted official relations with UN Specialized Agencies, like: UNESCO; WHO; FAO; UNICEF; and many more.
IFBPW has 5 representatives in New York, 1 in Geneva, 1 in Vienna and 1 for Unesco in Paris. We are making BPWI visible by attending meetings, joining NGO committees, working with other NGO's and UN/Agency staff, ensuring that our interests are represented. And, serving our affiliates worldwide.
My extra responsibility will be to inform you of activities, events, any information pertaining to our country. I am starting to establish a contact between EPW-USA and the US Mission at the UN and the White House Council on Women and Girls in Washington, DC.
Our UN Ambassador is a great woman, Susan Rice.
On March 11, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order creating the White House Council.
Being a world parliament, the UN is a mighty body, with many councils, departments, commissions, etc. It is still a man's world and we, women, have still many obstacles to overcome.
My plea to you is, be aware of what is going on globally, because it affects all of us. By taking action, first locally, then nationally, you can and will make a difference.
The New Sustainable Development Goals for 2030