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WomenNC CSW Student Fellowship Program, a Continuum to WomenNC’s Mission: To lead young adults in the elimination of social injustice for women and girls.

Since 2010, WomenNC has sponsored a panel of North Carolina university students at four successive United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) conferences in New York City. Eighteen (18) WomenNC CSW Fellowships have been awarded to young women and men demonstrating high motivation for involvement in regional and international women’s human rights issues and solutions.

Student Fellowship Program Goals and Evolution

WomenNC’s signature Student Fellowship program began in 2009 based on two primary objectives.

The first goal was to provide a leadership training framework to engage young adults in our regional community. The focus was to facilitate the development of future leaders through a greater understanding of the inequities women and girls face in North Carolina. Awarded Student Fellows embark on intensive research, partner with organizations addressing the dynamics and challenges affecting women, and develop recommendations for improved conditions.

In parallel, many similar struggles are encountered by women globally, and are discussed at the United Nations annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This two week annual conference in New York, established in 1956, attracts 6000-8000 participants from 180+ countries. The forums involve governmental and 400+ NGO’s (non-governmental organizations), whose goals are to increase awareness of problems, share ideas to develop solutions-based initiatives, and report on the status and effectiveness of programs.

WomenNC’s second goal was to involve young people at CSW, as representatives of North Carolina, and to establish a local-to-global-to-local connection, acknowledging women’s global issues. As one of the first organizations to formally sponsor university participants at CSW, WomenNC Student Fellows not only present their research findings from North Carolina at CSW panel discussions, but they share the “best practices” of North Carolina organizations, with the hope of providing solutions to improve women’s human rights and strategies that may be replicated in global communities.

Upon return from the United Nations to North Carolina, these young ambassadors share their findings and U.N. CSW experiences at dozens of venues including university campus symposiums, community forums, non-profit group meetings, and media interview outlets. They often bring back global solutions and tactics that could be utilized in North Carolina and shared with local service organizations.

Hence, the full circle, Local-to-Global-to-Local WomenNC CSW Student Fellowship Program.

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