Sister Selena Wilson Visits the UN April 1, 2024

Sister Selena Wilson Shares her UN Experience

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) — the principal global intergovernmental body dedicated to the empowerment of women– met at the United Nation from March 11-22, 2024. There was a strong Dominican presence there from England/France, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, South Africa and the USA — including our very own Sister Selena Wilson. S. Selena has attended sessions on these topics and more:

  • Renewable Energy Transition in Zimbabwe
  • Climate Change in Nepal
  • Women in Migration (the Caribbean, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Africa)
  • Conflict-Related Sexual Violence
  • Economic Development
  • The Care Economy in an Evolving World (Equal Sharing of Household Responsibilities Between Women/Men as a Tool for Social Equity and Cohesion)
  • Gender-Based Violence
  • Financing Social Protection and Care Systems

“The situations in all of these sessions vary,” explained Sister Selena. “Yet, they are all saying the same thing: Women and girls are being treated unjustly, being abused sexually and receiving unequal pay (if any) for their equal labor. The cry in all of these cases is to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies that provide equal access to justice for all and that are based on respect for fundamental human rights.”

“This has been quite a moving experience,” she said. “Of course, it’s painful to hear all the terrible stuff that’s happening to women and girls worldwide and the governments of all these countries that make it difficult to help in any sustainable way. Nevertheless, I’m glad to have this great opportunity to learn more about how we can be a part of the solution and Lord willing, a solution will come.”

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