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Graduate Student to Advocate at the United Nations
Start Date: 2/24/2012
End Date: 3/2/2012End Time: Midnight

Event Description:
Veronica Limeberry of Johnson City, a graduate student at East Tennessee State University, will gain experience in the art of advocacy at the United Nations through the annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women, held Feb. 25th –March 3rd 2012 at United Nations headquarters in New York City. Limeberry is one of 20 women students chosen from across the nation to participate in the practicum, which offers an opportunity to observe how the United Nations works to address issues requiring multilateral engagement and coordinated action. She will gain temporary delegate status, attend official and non-government organization (NGO) sessions, and contribute to the official documentation of both official and NGO meetings. 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. In addition to learning about negotiation, advocacy points, and networking, Limeberry must complete several assignments, the most important of which is to create an advocacy project when she returns to the ETSU campus. “We teach the women how important citizen engagement is,” said 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. She and Amy Agigian the Center’s founding director, serve as faculty. “They 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. bodies. 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, with the U.N. drawing representatives of governments to address 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 work to put new ideas on the table. The NGOs engage in hundreds of events, such as performances and panel discussions directed at the local, national and international issues affecting women.
Contact Information:
Name: Women's Studies Program
Phone: 423-439-4125
Email: womenstudies@etsu.edu
United Nations

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