This year I only attended one panel during the Commission on the Status of Women in NYC, but it was definitely an inspiring one. For those of you who may not know as the UN Women website explains the CSW is:
"A global policy-making body, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to the promotion of gender equality and the advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide. Read more: About CSW, Documentation, NGO Participation"
I attended the panel "Media as Instrument to Fight Violence Against Women in Conflict Settings" with three speakers:
- Abigail E. Disney Founder of Peace is Loud and Executive Producer of Women, War & Peace
- Mavic Cabrera Balleza Intl Coordinator of Global Network of Women Peacebuilders-International Civil Society Action Network
- Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda (moderator) General Secretary of World YWCA
I was pleased to see Mavic, whom I've worked with at GNWP, on a panel with Abigail E. Disney whose work I've admired since I saw her amazing film Pray the Devil Back to Hell. about women and the peace movement in Liberia in 2003. The most striking part of panel for me was when Disney shared a quote from someone she interviewed during her work for the PBS Women, War and Peace series (watch full episodes online):
"When you are raped in war time you become a refugee in your own body."
It was encouraging to hear people on the panel recognize the powerful role of film and radio to share women's stories globally and create change.