In its mission to empower women, YWCA Princeton’s NEXT GEN Board offers an incredible opportunity to prepare young women to become the NEXT generation of leaders.
Amanda Sileo, a current member of YWCA’s NEXT GEN Board of Directors, has been chosen as a YWCA USA delegate at United Nations Commission on the Status of Women’s sixty-second session in New York on March 12-23. Amanda said, “I am thrilled at the prospect to advocate for women’s rights on a global platform, furthering the YWCA’s mission, and gain perspective on the hardships faced globally by women and girls in rural areas.”
The annual conference at the United Nations is a major event for bringing to the forefront women’s issues and seeking remedies through the UN body known as the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The CSW itself consists of 45 members from as many countries and all continents who meet for 10 days each year in March, and 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.
The priority theme for this year’s session is ‘challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls’. World YWCA General Secretary Malayah Harper and YWCA USA CEO Alejandro Castillo will be in attendance at what will be a most informative event.
YWCA Princeton is a proud member of a YWCA World Service Council, a movement that has brought together over 25 million women from over 120 countries and 20,000 local communities across the globe for a new era in women’s rights. Past delegates to the UNCSW have included YWCA Princeton’s past Board President Laurel Cameron, and NEXT GEN 2016 Board Co-President, Elizabeth Pierre.
“Amanda could serve as a great role model for rural women and girls on how to improve their media presence and hone their leadership skills. We are excited to see her bring back ideas that would be useful for the NEXT GEN board as they move forward with their goals in the future”, said Judy Hutton, CEO of YWCA Princeton.