NGO CSW/NY Presents Woman of Distinction Award

Gharsanay IbnulAmeen

NGO CSW/NY is proud to announce Gharsanay IbnulAmeen (Afganistan) as the 2019 Woman of Distinction.

IbnulAmeen will be the keynote speaker for our NGO CSW63 Forum Consultation Day, 10 March 2019, where she will receive her award and will be our guest of honor at our Reception, 12 March 2019.

Gharsanay IbnulAmeen, the winner of the 2019 Woman of Distinction Award presented annually by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women/NY, is a 22-year-old grassroots organizer from Afghanistan recognized for her work in girls’ education, leadership and ethnic harmony. Currently she is a Special Assistant to the President of Afghanistan, H.E. Dr. Ashraf Ghani. She and the team working with her brought more than 5000 youth in Afghanistan to the Presidential Palace where they worked on women’s participation in the peace process, security, poverty reduction, administrative reforms and combating terrorism, extremism and corruption.

Co-founder of the Afghan Girls Sustainable Education Project, Gharsanay worked in Jalalabad to increase the enrollment and the school completion rate of girls, especially in secondary education. She worked with tribal elders of 21 districts to talk about their role in supporting girls’ education and asking them to raise their voices for gender equality and women’s leadership. Bad customs against women, especially in rural areas, Gharsanay stated, should stop.

Gharsanay is the Coordinator of the Young Women’s Leadership Conference for girls aged 14-19, the first such program in secondary schools. Participants were assigned community service programs, action plan development, activities on overcoming ethnic discrimination and other important leadership lessons. Successful conferences have been held in Kabul, Bamyan, Nangarhar, Ghor, Samangan, Deh Sabz district of Kabul, Mazar, Kandahra Farhar and Heart provinces with more than 1000 participants, many of them rural women. Among the topics covered are needs assessment and community mapping, confidence building, networking, STEM, ethnic harmony, peacemaking and capacity building.

In addition, Gharsanay organized the first model UN in Afghanistan. As Team Ambassador in the Everywoman Everywhere Project, she is developing the first international Treaty on Violence Against Women. Gharsanay is also the co-founder of the Global Youth Development Initiative in which students are connected to professional and peer mentors from across the world for academic advising and international exposure.

Many awards and scholarships have been bestowed on Gharsanay: the Emerging Young Leader’s Award 2017 by the U.S. State Department; the Second-Degree Promotion from the President of Afghanistan, H.E. Dr. Ashraf Ghani; the Responsible Citizen Award by the H.E. First Lady of Afghanistan, Rula Ghani; the Enterprise for Peace Scholarship representing Afghanistan in the One Young World Summit, 2018; the Generation Change Fellowship, a two-year abroad fellowship by the United States Institute of Peace. She is a graduate of AUAF with high honors and honor awards and is a finalist for the 2019-2020 Fulbright.

Finally, in Gharsanay IbnulAmeen’s words:

“This is a great opportunity … that I as a young Afghan woman [can] change the narrative about Afghanistan and show this beautiful and prosperous side of Afghanistan to the world …. It will be a representation of the strength of Afghan women and an opportunity for their voices to be heard across the world”.

NGO CSW63 Forum Updates – Calling All Designers!

NGO CSW63 Forum Updates – Calling All Designers!

Have your artwork prominently featured at the largest annual NGO Forum held at the United Nations.

We are gearing up for the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women in 2019!

Held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11-22 March, 2019
Thousands of representatives from Governments, NGOs and Women’s Organizations worldwide

All working to advance Human Rights for Women and Girls.

Click here to learn more about the NGO CSW63 Forum

Your artwork should incorporate the CSW63 Priority Theme: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Visit UN Women website here for more information.

NGO CSW63 Forum: Parallel Event Application

Latest update for NGO CSW63 Forum: Parallel Event Application

Themes
  • 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 (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session);

After reviewing your suggestions, we have made some changes and improved our application process.
We hope this will allow more time for you to organize your event, apply for your visa if needed and arrange financing.
We will share suggestions on the visa interview process and provide invitation letters to our NGO Forum if needed.

All applications will be reviewed to determine the relationship of the proposed parallel event to the priority and/or review theme and its relevance to advancing gender equality post conference. Selected parallel events will be scheduled for a 90-minute slot Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 6:15pm during 11-22 March.

New dates to be aware of:

Application opens: 15 October 2018
Application deadline: 9 November 2018
Notification of your application: 30 November 2018
Confirmation of event acceptance: 4 January 2019

We look forward to working with you to create a meaningful experience for everyone. We will notify you by email of accepted parallel events by 30 November. If your event is not accepted, you will receive a full refund.

Further information can be found at: https://www.ngocsw.org