Apply to attend the 61st UN COSW

Apply to attend the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

By Dixie Hairston, Program Coordinator, 2017 UN Practicum in Advocacy and Local2Global

WILPF US will be sending a delegation to the 61st Commission on the Status of Women March 11-18, 2017 in New York City as part of WILPF’s UN Practicum in Advocacy, open to students and to WILPF members.

NEW DEADLINE: Friday, December 5, 2016 5:00pm EST

Delegates are selected to bring WILPF perspectives into conversations with government and NGO representatives, learn the ropes, and prepare to take UN advocacy strategies and campaigns back to their local branch and beyond. In additional to a call for applications from WILPF US members, as part of the UN Practicum in Advocacy, students from universities across the country will participate as delegates. Practicum participants will contribute to the official documentation of both official and informal meetings. The Practicum will provide ample opportunities for peer-to-peer and intergenerational learning, exploration of career opportunities in international relations and increased competence in advocacy work.

The Local2Global program is designed to bring local WILPF voices into our national and international work and as a way to facilitate intergenerational cooperation between seasoned WILPF activists and activists just becoming familiar with WILPF via the Practicum. Typically, but not always, Local2Global participants have long resumes as activists and Practicum participants are burgeoning advocates. Therefore, there are many ways the two groups can connect, learn from one another, and both be wizened and refreshed by the other.

The Local2Global program is comprised of the same elements of the UN Practicum with a few distinct differences. Local2Global participants are required to be WILPF members in good standing, be active in their local chapters, and submit a reference letter from a fellow WILPF-US member on their behalf.

In order to enhance the learning opportunities available via this program, we are encouraging Practicum Alumni and WILPF US members to apply. We feel that the knowledge and expertise of practicum alumni will further strengthen the lasting effect this program has on participants.

For more information please contact Dixie Hairston, Programs Coordinator for the UN Practicum in Advocacy at

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