To attend this year’s Commission of the Status of Women has been very eye opening and humbling. I have never seen so many strong women come together to raise awareness on the issues they face in their home territories in regard to social protection systems. I applaud all the women who continue to fight for equality and to raise their voices, even after returning home. Every story I had the privilege of hearing has been so inspiring and motivating. It has further solidified my belief that when women stand together, we can accomplish great things.
Sharing my personal story and receiving so much support has uplifted my spirit tremendously. Having my resilience recognized has been an amazing thing to experience. I hope to have more opportunities in the future to share my story in the hopes that I can spark and promote resilience and the will to succeed in other young people, especially in indigenous women and girls.
My experience was amazing, to say the least. I was able to attend events that helped me to learn and grow and I was fortunate to meet people across the world who shared their personal stories so openly. One thing I am taking back home for reflection is the similar experiences.
I also had the chance to explore New York itself. What a stark difference in the lifestyle of people who live in NYC to that of my home territory! I have never seen people so condensed in one area, especially in Times Square. I found the choices in food to be both overwhelming and exciting. I had the opportunity to explore Central Park and Grand Central Station.
Overall, this experience has been truly amazing and is something I will never forget.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my experiences at the UN CSW63.