GWPF Represented at CSW63 with US End FGM/C Network

The US End FGM/C Network is hosting a panel discussion at the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) at the United Nations.  GWPF will join the US End FGM/C Network and other member organizations on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the CSW63 in New York.  The specific location of the Network’s panel discussion is the Church Center of the United Nations, 10th Floor on the grounds of the U.N. at 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, 10017, from 2:30pm until 4:00pm.  If you are able to attend this panel discussion, you are encouraged to register at this link:  The Network and GWPF hope to see you in New York!  Several of the Network’s member NGOs, including Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) will be sharing the work in which they engage on behalf of women and girls.  GWPF has been a member of the US End FGM/C Network since its establishment, and the organization is honored to be represented at the CSW63 as part of the Network.

Each year in the month of March, the NGO and nonprofit communities busy themselves preparing for a trip to New York City.  They travel from as far as Africa, Australia, Asia, Central and South America, Europe and various parts of North America.  They travel to New York to attend one of the largest women’s conferences in the world; the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).  All roads lead to New York City for two weeks, which convened on March 13th this year when the assembly came to order.  Various activities will continue through March 22nd.  This year marks the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

The Commission on the Status of Women convened for the first time in February 1947 in Lake Success, New York.  This was not long after the founding of the United Nations.  The fifteen government representatives attending the very first conference were all women.  Here are the 15 original members of the CSW:

Jessie Mary Grey Street from Australia

Evdokia Uralova of the Soviet Socialist Republic

Way Sung New of the People’s Republic of China

Graciela Morales F. de Echeverria of Costa Rica

Bodil Begtrup of Denmark

Marie Helene Lefaucheux of France

Sara Basterrechea Ramirez of Guatemala

Shareefah Hamid Ali of India

Amalia C de Castillo Ledon of Mexico

Alice Kandalft Cosma of Syria

Mihri Pektas of Turkey

Elizavieta Alekseevna Popova of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Mary Sutherland of United Kingdom

Dorothy Kenyon of the United States

Isabel de Urdaneta of Venezuela

The Commission was supported by a unit of the United Nations from the inception of it.  It later became the Division of the Advancement of Women (DAW) in the United Nations Secretariat.  Later, the CSW established close relationships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  Those NGOs that were in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) were invited to participate in the conference as observers.  Consultative Status, depending on the level, gives the organizations a number of rights to participate in the work of the United Nations, to present their views and deliver testimony.

The following description explains the various types of consultative status with the CSW.

General Consultative Status (formerly Consultative Status 1), the highest level, which may be granted to organizations that are concerned with most of the activities of the Council, that are making substantive and sustained contributions in many fields, with a considerable membership, and that are broadly representative of major segments of society in a large number of countries. These organizations are entitled to deliver oral presentations during the Council’s meetings.

Special Consultative Status (formerly Consultative Status 2), which may be granted to organizations concerned with only a few of the fields of activity covered by the Council

Roster, which are “other organizations that do not have general or special consultative status but that the Council, or the Secretary-General of the United Nations in consultation with the Council or its Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, considers can make occasional and useful contributions to the work of the Council.”

Since the codification of the legal rights of women needed to be supported by data and analysis, the Commission began a global assessment to determine the status of women.  After extensive research, a detailed country by country report of women’s political and legal standing became a basis for drafting human rights instruments.  Between 1947 and 1962, the CSW focused on setting standards and formulating international conventions to change discriminatory legislation and foster global awareness of women’s issues.  The Commission celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1972 by recommending that 1975 be named International Women’s Year.  The recommendation was endorsed by the General Assembly to help bring focus to the equality of women.

The Third World Conference on Women was held in Nairobi in 1987, and the Commission took the lead, bringing violence against women to the forefront.  On December 20th in 1993, the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Now in 2019, approximately more than 500 organizations are represented at the CSW63 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.  This year’s priority theme is social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.  For 63 plus years organized women have been advocating against injustices and violence against them.  It is now 2019, and women still have to prove when they are sexually assaulted; they still have to prove when they are the victims of domestic violence; and they find themselves still trying to have state laws passed against female genital mutilation (FGM) in the United States and other parts of the world.  How long will women be the gender that has to prove violation against them?  Will it take another 63 years?  Will a woman’s work ever be done?  Perhaps some of these answers will be found at the CSW63.       

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Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation’s 2019 Calendar


  • GWPF Represented at CSW63 with US End FGM/C Network – Thursday, March 21st
  • GWPF 1st Quarter Board Meeting – Saturday, March 30th
  • Women’s History Jazz Program – Saturday, April 6th
  • FGM Presentation to Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) – Sunday, April 14th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, April 20th
  • First Shipment of Feminine Pads to Sierra Leone – May
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, May 18th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, June 15th
  • GWPF 2nd Quarter Board Meeting – Saturday, June 29th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, July 20th
  • Support Group / Vacances Sans Excision Camp – Saturday, August 17th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, September 14th
  • GWPF 3rd Quarter Board Meeting – Saturday, September 28th
  • Global Woman Awards – Friday, October 18th
  • Walk To End FGM – Saturday, October 19th
  • Thanksgiving Feast / Support Group – Saturday, November 16th
  • GWPF Year-End Board Meeting – Saturday, December 7th

We will update this 2019 calendar as schedules come in

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Special Announcement:  GWPF will join the US End FGM/C Network and other member organizations on March 21, 2019 at the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) in New York.  The specific location of the Network’s panel discussion is the Church Center of the United Nations, 10th Floor on the grounds of the U.N. at 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, 10017, from 2:30pm until 4:00pm.  If you are able to attend this panel discussion, you are encouraged to register at this link:  We hope to see you in New York!

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Weekly Word-Scramble

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This Week’s Scrambled Words






Last Week’s Scrambled Words                      Last Week’s Unscrambled Words

NOTGNILRA YTNUOC                                 ARLINGTON COUNTY     

GNINIART LAUNAM                                     TRAINING MANUAL

SDIK HCAER DLEIHS                                   KIDS REACH SHIELD

ECILOP                                                             POLICE

NOITATNESERP                                             PRESENTATION                             

We give you five scrambled words each week.  We hope you enjoy playing.

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Important Contacts in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area to Keep Handy

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation               703-818-3787

National Child Abuse Hotline                              800-422-4453

Fairfax County Office for Women                       703-324-5730

Virginia Crime Victim Assistance                        888-887-3418

Montgomery County Abused Persons Program   240-777-4673 (24 hours)

Prince Georges County Sexual Assault                301-618-3154

Prince Georges County Child Advocacy Center  301-909-2089

Baltimore City Child Abuse Center                     410-396-6147

Frederick County Child Advocacy Center           301-600-1758

Howard County Listening Place                           410-313-2630

Washington County Child Advocacy Center       240-420-4308

District of Columbia Metropolitan Police            202-727-9099

Alexandria Victim/Witness Program                    703-746-4100

Arlington County Victim/Witness Program         703-228-7273

Loudon County Victim Witness Program             703-777-0417

Prince William County Victim/Witness               703-392-7083

Attention: The U.S. government opposes FGM, no matter the type, degree, or severity, and no matter what the motivation for performing it. The U.S. government considers FGM to be a serious human rights abuse, gender-based violence, and, when done to children, a form of child abuse. It is against the law to perform FGM in the United States on a girl under the age of 18 or to send or attempt to send her outside the United States so FGM can be performed. People who violate this law can face prison time and significant immigration consequences. Additionally, anyone who performs FGM on a woman 18 years old or older without her consent may be charged with a crime under other laws.  If someone performed FGM on you, you have not violated any U.S. laws and are not at fault, call 1-800-994-9662.