Each year, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) joins over 5,000 women and girls from around the world at the United Nations headquarters in New York to participate in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This year, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSofSI) was chosen as one of four councils to represent GSUSA on March 8-11, 2019.
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois girl delegates include: Abigail Brown from Edwardsville; Anja Mills from St. Jacob; Kaitlyn Olmstead from Jewett; and Victoria Shore from Marion.
CSW is a functional commission of the UN, dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, national representatives of Member States gather for a two-week session to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards, and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide. As NGO Consultative members, Girl Scouts of the USA and the World Association of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts participate to bring the voice of girls and young women to the global stage. 2019: Priority theme: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development, from the 60th session of the CSW.