Jado Morris, EFLI's Youth Ambassador Board Co-Chair, recently visited the UN with Program Director, Antoinette Klatzky, to participate in a periodic review of the UNA’s performance on human rights. Below are highlights from her blog post about the event.
On Wednesday, May 21st, Antoinette and I took part in a periodic review of the UNA’s performance on human rights. This consultation on the Universal Periodic Review of the U.S. performance in Human Rights provided an excellent opportunity for us to reflect on our country’s policies and achievements in human rights and to make our voices heard.
Antoinette and I attended the discussion on advancing the rights of women and girls. It was very empowering to be able to be part of a meeting where it felt as though my voice as a common citizen was truly heard and taken note of.
Very diverse topics were brought to light, from sexual education in the common core to the rights of women immigrants to how we can include men in these conversations on how to better improve the lives of women.
Throughout this discussion, the concept of getting bills passed and getting legislators on our side were two very prominent goals. In order for social change to occur, it seemed as though we relied heavily on the government to create the change rather then tackling root causes or discussing what we can do as a community to build a stronger one.
This in turn made me really think about why it is that these policy-makers (legislators, senate members, congress members etc.) are predominantly male. Why is it that women do not run for political office? How can we get more women to run?
Those were definitely the questions I walked out with and what I was thinking about throughout the rest of the day.
All in all it was a very eye opening experience that gave me a wonderful glimpse of the work environment in a UN space- perhaps my future job!?
Read Jado's full post on her blog: feministing-grrrl.tumblr.com