Hammond, IN - Genae Barron of Highland, a graduate student in Communications at Purdue University Calumet, is one of only 20 women students from across the country chosen to participate in the annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women, set for Feb. 25th - March 3rd 2012 at U.N. in New York City.
Barron will gain temporary delegate status, attend official and non-government organization (NGO) sessions and contribute to the official documentation of the meetings. The purpose of the practicum is for students to observe how the United Nations works on issues requiring multilateral engagement and coordinated action.
The Practicum on the Commission on the Status of Women is sponsored by the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University, Boston; the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and the National Women's Studies Association.
Barron, who was recommended for the project by PUC History and Political Science Professor Meg Rincker, will be given several assignments at the conference including the creation of an advocacy project when she returns to the PUC campus.
"We teach the women how important citizen engagement is," says Laura Roskos, President of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and activist in residence at the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights. Roskos and Amy Agigian, the Center's founding director, serve as faculty for the practicum. "They [the students] figure out the ropes, learn how to network with NGOs, meet government officials and participate in turning specific proposals into documents that can be adopted by U.N. This success empowers them to engage in successful civic campaigns in their home environments."
This will be the fourth Practicum at the Commission on the Status of Women. The CSW focuses on gender equality and the advancement of women. The CSW draws representatives of governments to discuss the problems facing women around the world.
This year more than 4,000 registered representatives from NGOs will lobby the delegates about current issues and put issues on the table. The NGOs engage in hundreds of events, such as performances and panel discussions focused on local, national and international issues affecting women.