United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | New York, NY 


The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women. "Across the world, young women continue to face gender-based discrimination, marginalization, and violence, including unequal access to education and opportunities for leadership and participation. The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development must deliver equal gains for youth. The force and inspiration of our youngest leaders are critical drivers for accelerating progress on sustainable development and gender equality."

Students invited to attend the conference have a unique opportunity to:


  • Visit the United Nations and engage in meaningful dialogue with other globally minded students

  • learn about the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their role in achieving them

  • Interview influential world leaders and learn how to advocate for Human Rights

  • Participate in an internship (optional)

The Journalists and Writers Foundation is organizing this parralled event. The theme is, “Women`s Contribution to Culture of Peace” and the topic is, “The role of education for young women leaders to create sustained youth participation in peace-building.


  • Application Submission deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020

  • Invitation announcement: Friday, February 7, 2020



  • Registration Fee $50 per person (Non-refundable)

  • Lodging and Transportation $100 per person

Note: Students traveling to New York City with their chaperones will depart from Maryland on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Note: New York students who are not traveling and/or lodging with an out-of-state group can attend the event for free, but must register.


Note: Space is limited, so register today to reserve your place! All youth must be assigned to a chaperone/. Participants will receive an orientation packet via e-mail with instructions on preparing for the conference, conference agenda and interactive activities.  

Participants are expected to arrive at the conference site by 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10th in order to allot time for processing at the United Nations. The events will conclude after the reception on Wednesday, March 11th by 8:00 p.m.  

An invitation to attend the Commission on the Status of Women Conference is a privilege. Selection is not based on your knowledge of Gender Equality, Local, or Global issue, but on your commitment to be a role model for younger girls and your peers. You also should have a sincere desire to advocate and make a difference in your local and/or global community. 

Must meet the following requirements to attend:

  • Must be in the 8th through 12th grade or a college student

  • Recommendation from a community or school leader (chaperone, teacher, parent, clergy, etc.)

  • Signed parental/guardian permission, waiver, and media release forms (will be provided if selected)

  • Upload a 30 second to 1-minute video – picture and sound must be clear (avoid noisy and dark settings)


Make sure to answer the following three questions in your video clip:

  • What do you think about Gender Equality? (Your opinion or facts are acceptable) 

  • What do you expect to learn and share through the CSW conference? 

  • How do you plan to make a difference in your community?


Monday-Friday 2:00pm-6:00pm

​Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm

In-School Hours Varies



8630 M Guilford Road, Suite 174

Columbia, MD 21046

Phone: 443-718-9003

E-mail: info@changingdestinationsjte.org


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