Maria Roumiantseva, a Montclair State University senior, was selected to attend the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held March 1-12, 2010 at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. A volunteer at the LGBT Center, Roumiantseva, a was selected from a large pool of applicants to attend this year’s session which is focused on a review of the Beijing Conference of 1995 and the Platform of Action that came out of that conference.
Roumiantseva worked with a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), associated with the United Nations, called Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), specifically the GCAP’s Feminist Taskforce. During her time at the conference she also participated in the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s (WILPF) Practicum.
The CSW is dedicated to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of member states gather at the United Nations to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.
Read Roumiantseva’s account of her experience at UN Commission.