I am privileged to be serving at Women Deliver, one of the leading international advocacy organizations for girls and women’s reproductive health rights. The organization participates in the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) as key civil society players.CSW annually brings representatives from UN Member States, civil society, and other UN agencies together in New York to review the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action. This is a platform for stakeholders in Member States to evaluate efforts geared at achieving gender equality and rights for girls and women, whilst garnering support from a bigger network of partners globally in achieving this objective.

This year’s theme, “Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of Millennium Development Goals for women and girls,” revolved around stakeholders’ focusing on the impact of the MDGs on girls and women, sighting better ways to advocate for a better post 2015. Women from all Member States are using this timely moment to prioritize on inadequately addressed key issues in the development agenda, that are hindering the advancement of the rights of women, to achieve progress for all.

It’s amazing to not only attend, but interact, share, learn new interesting perspectives to the real issues affecting the development of youth, especially girls, and women world wide.  I had special interest in sexual and reproductive health rights, and environmental conservation issues-which were being addressed too.

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