Issued: February 21, 2019
Parish councillor set for United Nations
A Buckhurst Hill parish councillor will be travelling to New York next month to represent global volunteer organisation Soroptimist International at the United Nations.
Councillor Sylvia Watson will be a delegate at the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) where she will be working with Soroptimist International colleagues on works to improve the lives of women and girls through programmes leading to social and economic empowerment.
The Soroptimist International delegation includes members from around the world.
The CSW is the principal global inter-governmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
It is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Councillor Watson said: "The priority theme of this year’s CSW session is social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
"With just a few weeks to go the paperwork has really started. Everything from the Secretary General’s report on social protection to timetables of briefing sessions morning and evening and details of caucus groups.
"It promises to be an interesting if frenetic event ending with the publication of Agreed Conclusions of CSW63 for implementation by member states."
She added: "In some ways it will be very different from the parish council although the CSW63 reference to access to public services and sustainable infrastructure is timely.
"Ultimately it’s about doing my best to help others. Whether the world’s women and girls or Buckhurst Hill residents or in other parts of the world.”