Attending UN session ‘empowering’ for Corner Brook woman

Diane Crocker
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Jennifer Elms spoke about her experience at the United Nations’ 58th session on the Commission on the Status of Women in New York at Thursday’s Rotary Club of Corner Brook luncheon.

With words like “phenomenal” and “empowering” it was clear that attending the United Nations’ 58th session on the Commission on the Status of Women in New York recently has had a lasting effect on Jennifer Elms.

The Corner Brook woman shared that experience with the Rotary Club of Corner Brook at the Glynmill Inn on Thursday.

The UN session ran from March 10 to 21 and Elms attended as a representative of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.

Following her presentation to the Rotary Elms said “the mandate of the conference is basically to connect all of the NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in different parts of the world. To create a space where people can share that information.”

She said the conference includes parallel events hosted by NGOs and networking events. Elms noted the commission is a policy making body. “So basically they’re looking to kind of create a document of recommendations, some kind of outcome.”

Last year the focus was on violence against women and this year was on millenium development goals and what that looks like for women. Elms said through the experience she was amazed at how you can get all these people in the same room from different places and great things can happen.

As for what the opportunity has meant for her, Elms said “number one I don’t think I’ve felt so empowered in my life and so strong in the fact that I am a woman. I have a voice and I am now among other leaders that have a shared goal , who are listening to me. That’s an incredible feeling.”

She also said learning about the structure and strategies that are used and the politics of it all was “incredibly” educational.

Organizations: United Nations, Commission on the Status of Women, Rotary Club of Corner Brook Glynmill Inn on Thursday.The UN Canadian Voice

Geographic location: Corner Brook, New York

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