Presented by the Violence against Girls Task Force (WGG, NGO Committee UNICEF)
- Sponsored by Associated Country Women of the World
- Co-Sponsors: PPSEAWA, Maryknoll Sisters, Franciscans
- Event Chair: Anushka Wirasinha
Panel discussion followed by Q & A with distinguished guests including United Nations head of Armed Conflict, UNICEF and special celebrity
guest speaker from Oprah Winfrey Network. Food & refreshments will be served.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight targets established by world leaders at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 to address the world’s major development challenges by 2015. PPSEAWA-International has been actively working to raise awareness of the UN Millennium Development Goals since the International Conference in New Zealand in 2007. Millennium Development Goal Three (MDG 3): Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment guarantees that women have equal opportunities to make their lives, and the lives of their families better.
On July 2 the GA passed a resolution to create UN Women. In the months leading up to the resolution, international feminists became increasingly giddy as the culmination of their four year effort to create a bigger more effective UN agency for women grew closer. UN Women unites the four previous agencies working for women including UNIFEM, the entity most focused on country level programming. The transition is in process and UN Women will be officially fully operational by January 1, 2011.
On November 20, 2009 the international community observed the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the UN General Assembly. This became the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children, in all countries and cultures, at all times. The treaty spells out the basic human rights that children have; the right to survival; to develop to the fullest; to attend school; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life.
As an average college student, Bali was a place I never expected to visit. Yet when my mom invited me to accompany her to attend the PPSEAWA Conference this past summer, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. After all, who would say no to a vacation in paradise?
It turns out this trip to Bali was not your typical vacation of sightseeing and relaxing on the beach… it was something far better. The majority of the time there was spent at the conference- attending meetings, discussions, presentations, and simply getting to know one inspiring group of women.