Students reflect on the United Nations Commission on the status of women


Rachana Thapa

Students discuss their trip to New York City with Sharon Sullivan, professor and chair of the theater department. The students highlighted gender equality and the empowerment of women.

On March 23, Sharon Sullivan, professor and chair of the theater department, and her students discussed their trip to New York City for the United Nations Commission on the status of women and gender equality.

During the discussion, they emphasized the importance of women standing up for themselves and teaching girls how to be safe online.

According to Sullivan, the United Nation’s motto on gender equality and women’s empowerment is innovation and technological change, education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

Gender equality is at the very heart of human rights and United Nations values. Gender-based discrimination is prohibited under almost every human rights treaty. Despite progress in securing women’s rights globally, millions of women and girls continue to experience discrimination and violence, being denied their equality, dignity, autonomy and even their lives.

“Giving education about human trafficking, sex education at University can surely develop and enhance diversity. Like ‘Introduction to Women’s Studies’, ‘Introduction to Critical Race and Ethnic Studies’ would help to develop, motivate people and change young agers to be safe.” Sullivan said.

Both Democratic and Republican administrations have used Certified Social Worker as a platform to signal their approach to gender policies and programs. They have also used social workers to announce new initiatives for women and girls. In addition, the U.S. delegation has highlighted individuals and organizations from outside the government whom the administration sees as important allies in shaping those initiatives.

“From what I learned and experienced is that it tends to be a very intersectional kind of approach about gender, race and ethnicity. To come forward and raise voice, diversity lectures and general education should be done to let people know about the ongoing problems,” said Vanessa Guzman, a junior in Communication.

Giving knowledge to students about gender equality, grassroots movements and empowering women are really important.

Grassroots movements are community-based groups that work to promote social change at the local level. They often focus on issues that affect marginalized communities, including women and girls. Grassroots movements have been active in advocating for gender equality and women’s rights at the UN, and they have played a key role in shaping the agenda of the CSW.

With growing issues on social media, like attended pornography, we all have to be aware of the consequences ,especially since it targets children.

The grassroots movement has been improved and really helps overcome gender issues. Increasing the involvement and leadership of young women and girls in shaping policies and programs related to rights and needs of the United Nations.

Women are so powerful and have been fighting since the dawn of time. No matter what happens, women are going to keep rising and shining. However, issues related to gender and race ethnicity impact lots of women to this day.


Edited by: LeSha’ Davis and Rakesh Swarnakar