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UN Commission on the Status of Women Updates

Written by  January 31st, 2018
UN Commission on the Status of Women Updates
This year, the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 12th to 23rd. The theme is “challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.”

CLICK HERE to register for the CSW62 Forum, which will give you access to the schedule of Parallel events hosted by hundreds of NGOs during CSW. Registration is free! WFWP will also be hosting two public events during this time.
  1. The WFWP Parallel event, organized by the WFWP UN office, will take place on a day between March 12th and March 16th. We will update you on the date, location, time, and theme once that information becomes available. Please register for the CSW62 Forum above to participate.
  2. The WFWP UN office and WFWP USA will be co-sponsoring a two day Horizon Summit over the weekend of March 17th and 18th. The first day will include about ten capacity-building sessions, to provide various skills and trainings by experienced speakers. One of the confirmed presenters is Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, CEO of the Afghan Institute of Learning. See the biography of her accomplishments below.

Four different tours options will be available on the second day of the Horizon Summit. These include the FDR Presidential Library and Val-Kill; WFWP Founders’ home; Ground Zero; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.The Horizon Summit sessions will take place at 4 West 43rd Street in New York. We will send out the registration details as they become available. The estimated registration cost will be $65, not including tour costs.

Brief Biography of Dr. Sakena Yacoobi:

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is the CEO of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), which she founded in 1995 in response to the lack of education and healthcare that the Afghan people were facing after decades of war and strife. Since its founding, AIL has either directly or indirectly impacted the lives of millions of Afghans. Under her leadership, AIL continues as an innovative organization working at the grassroots level helping communities and individuals.

She is also co-founder and Vice President of Creating Hope International (CHI). In addition, Sakena has established private facilities in Afghanistan: 4 schools, a hospital, and a radio station.

Dr. Yacoobi has 6 honorary doctorates from various institutions, including Princeton University. Dr. Yacoobi was honored in 2017 with the Sunhak Peace Prize and has been nominated as one of 1,000 women for the Nobel Peace Prize.

She serves on a number of boards and panels including, New Global Citizens, the Advisory Council for the Center for Social Impact Learning at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and is a former board member for the Global Fund for Women. She is an advisor to the Fetzer Institute, and is a member of the US - Afghan Women’s Council. Before founding AIL, Dr. Yacoobi was a professor at D’Etre University in Detroit, MI, and was Coordinator of the Women’s Programs for the International Rescue Committee in the Afghan refugee camps in Peshawar, Pakistan.