"Why Presenting at CSW60 is Important to Me"
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March 10, 2016

“Why Presenting at the 60th Commission on the Status of Women Is Important to Me”
Agnes Mirembe, Programs Manager of Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment (ARUWE), Uganda

Participants of ARUWE's agriculture and income generation project attend a group meeting.

“Presenting at the 60th Commission on the Status of Women—CSW60—is a golden opportunity for me and for my organization, Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment (ARUWE).

It gives me a unique chance to share ARUWE’s and my thoughts and experiences concerning the empowerment and development of grassroots women. This is a high-level platform to voice grassroots women’s views and share our contributions working with women to influence positive and sustainable transformation and development. This will give me a chance to share the different approaches and interventions we use to support their efforts to achieve their ultimate goals in life.

Attending CSW60 will also be a learning opportunity for me and my organization. Different presenters will shine a light on the most innovative and replicable examples of what other women around the world are doing to tackle the issues of empowerment and sustainable development. So I expect to learn solutions to some of the challenges ARUWE is experiencing, particularly in the area of women’s empowerment. I also expect to understand further the UN’s position and direction on enhancing women’s economic potential.
Participant of ARUWE's agriculture and income generation project with her crop.
This will be a wonderful way to network and create linkages with other development partners who are contributing to empowering women. So I will strongly market ARUWE’s contributions and work to create connections and fruitful partnerships for my organization. Learning from the international perspective will help ARUWE focus more on what the key women’s issues are, even when we believe we are on track. So I hope to take this as an opportunity to reflect on what we are doing and what the recommended international actions are.

Finally, I will not only be exposed to international women-related issues but to the United States as a country. My CV will expand and my confidence will be boosted after presenting at the CSW60.”

VGIF at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60)

Join us for a VGIF event during CSW60, which will be held in New York City from March 14-24, 2016. We hope to see you at the Networking Reception on Monday, March 14 and our parallel event, Women's Empowerment and Sustainable Development: Learning from Leaders on the Ground, on Wednesday, March 23. Details can be found online at http://www.vgif.org/csw60/.
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