Lo­cal woman at­tends United Na­tions Com­mis­sion on the Sta­tus of Women

Karen Gill one of 20 cho­sen to at­tend ses­sions in New York City

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@tc.tc

Karen Gill of Car­bon­ear re­cently ar­rived home from New York City, af­ter she, along with 20 oth­ers, at­tended the United Na­tions Com­mis­sion on the Sta­tus of Women.

Gill is a stu­dent at Memo­rial Univer­sity, and was joined by Grace Hol­lett of Mount Pearl to at­tend the ses­sion in New York City. Both are mem­bers of the Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of Univer­sity Women.

This was Gill’s sec­ond year at­tend­ing the com­mis­sion, and she says it’s been a lifechang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence each time.

“Last year was the first time I at­tended, and I was com­pletely overwhelmed with emo­tion that I was stand­ing in the Gen­eral As­sem­bly build­ing of the United Na­tions, not as a tourist, but as some­one who could par­tic­i­pate and help bet­ter the world,” said Gill. “It’s amaz­ing to hear peo­ple from all over the world dis­cuss is­sues that are fac­ing their com­mu­ni­ties, to see dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives on is­sues, and to meet peo­ple of all dif­fer­ent back­grounds from all over the world.”

The Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of Univer­sity Women is a vol­un­tary, self-funded or­ga­ni­za­tion, with clubs and mem­bers lo­cated across Canada.

In or­der to at­tend the com­mis­sion in New York, mem­bers of the CFUW were to sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions, of which 20 would be cho­sen for the trip.

All 20 mem­bers of the CFUW that at­tended the 61st edi­tion of the event last month par­tic­i­pated in dis­cus­sions, along­side fed­eral gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The pri­or­ity theme of this year’s com­mis­sion was women’s eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment in the chang­ing world of work, which Gill felt was very re­lat­able, as a univer­sity stu­dent pre­par­ing to en­ter the work­force.

Gill ex­plained that there were sev­eral groups and talk­ing ses­sions at the com­mis­sion re­volved around the pri­or­ity theme, where peo­ple could gather to dis­cuss var­i­ous re­lated top­ics. Gill said there were par­tic­u­lar pan­els at the com­mis­sion that piqued her in­ter­est, in­clud­ing one pre­sented by the Gov­ern­ment of Den­mark and the Gov­ern­ment of the UK about sex­ual as­sault, a panel about en­gag­ing men in fem­i­nism and a panel about the dan­gers faced by in­dige­nous women when re­lo­cat­ing to ur­ban cen­tres.

Gill told The Com­pass that she feels this com­mis­sion is im­por­tant for women across the world, in­clud­ing New­found­land.

“I think that this event is rel­e­vant to women all over the world. It is great to hear about is­sues faced in other parts of the world and how to get in­volved,” said Gill, “to hear about ini­tia­tives be­ing im­ple­mented in other coun­tries and then think about how to bring those con­cepts home with you, and to network with peo­ple in­volved in is­sues that women are fac­ing.”

Gill said she learned a lot dur­ing her time in New York City, and is look­ing for­ward to ap­ply­ing those lessons to her daily life.


Karen Gill of Car­bon­ear at the United Na­tions Com­mis­sion on the Sta­tus of Women in New York.

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