Assistant Chief Commissioner represents 10 million Guides at UN Commission on the Status of Women

Our Assistant Chief Commissioner had the honour of representing 10 million Girl Guides at the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in New York.

Jenna Goodwin was one of 11 young women from around the world representing the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) at CSW61 - the principal body dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women at the United Nations.

Jenna delivered a statement on behalf of WAGGGS at an interactive expert panel on “Enhancing availability and use of data and gender statistics to support accelerated implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”.

She talked about the importance of collecting data by age, gender and other categories so that progress for all girls is adequately captured. She also spoke about U-Report, a social messaging tool developed by WAGGGS and UNICEF to enable anyone anywhere to speak out on the issues they care about.

“I am just one voice, but I am proud to have represented 10 million voices of WAGGGS members around the world,” she said.

Ms Goodwin took part in various sessions, including “Young Women and Mental Health” and “The voices of young women in peace and security” as well as skills exchange labs on digital and political advocacy. As a member of the WAGGGS team, she was also involved in running a session on the Free Being Me body confidence programme while other members of the delegation ran a session on WAGGGS’s Stop the Violence campaign.

She relished the opportunity to hear “some amazing speakers”, including Amina Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.

The overall theme of CSW61 was “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work” and, as a member of the WAGGGS delegation, Ms Goodwin had the opportunity to sit on various panels at different events in conjunction with other non-governmental organisations to speak out on important issues such as empowering girls’ economic futures through education, addressing discriminatory social norms and practices that inhibit girls and young women in society today.

You can read Jenna’s blog post about her experience here.