Women RULE!

Thousands of women from thousands of organizations came to this year’s Commission on the Status of Women. Twelve women represented UNANIMA, three of whom spoke at UNANIMA’s side event: Models of Empowerment of Rural Women: Success Stories. Fortunata Msilu described several projects in Tanzania, Nely Rodriquez gave a powerful presentation about the tomato pickers in Florida, and Michele Morek told the engaging story of Casa Ursulina in Chile. Women from all over the world shared their stories—women and the Arab Spring, indigenous women, survivors, dynamic world-shapers, Nobel Laureates. One of the events was a march down 2nd Avenue, in which all participants wore yellow sashes noting one of the issues important to women. Pictured here are Fortunata, intern Carmenza, and Louise Dionne (who works with several of our Canadian communities on social issues). Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, the UN delegates had not completed the official document (disagreement over some resolutions), but it will eventually appear on the UNWomen CSW56 website.