APPLES vice president Kimmie Garner speaks at United Nation's annual Commission on the Status of Women
Recently, Kimmie Garner, UNC senior and APPLES Service-Learning vice president addressed 70 representatives of the United Nations (UN) 55th session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Kimmie was there to present her research about the status of women and girls in North Carolina, as well as to speak about sex education policies and adolescent pregnancy in the United States and North Carolina. Kimmie also worked with two organizations, the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of NC (APPCNC) and El Pueblo, to present potential approaches and solutions to the NGOs gathered at CSW.
The theme of this year’s conference focused on women's and girl's access to and participation in education, training, science and technology, as well as elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against the girl child. However, sessions covered a wide array of topics from Pacific Island women claiming space in the international arena to educational programs that address homophobia and transphobia.
Kimmie became involved in women’s advocacy work through WomenNC, a local nonprofit in Raleigh, North Carolina whose goal is to raise awareness about and lobby for the U.S.'s ratification of the U.N.'s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Each year, WomenNC sends at least four student fellows to the Commission on the Status of Women to present about the status of women and girls in North Carolina. This experience allowed Kimmie to bring her women's advocacy work to the international level through WomenNC.
For more information, read Kimmie's blog post about her experience, Women Speaking Out and Being Heard.
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