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Media advisory: Young people speak up on the status of girls

Children, policymakers and child-rights activists will convene for a series of events marking the 51st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), brought together by UNICEF and partners, including: 

United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI)
UN Office of Special Advisor on Gender Issues 
Secretary General’s Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict 
NGO Committee on the Status of Women

This two-week event will feature a number of media events, including:

  • Partnerships for Protection in the Education of Girls: This UNGEI panel will feature girls-rights advocates from Nepal, the Philippines, South Africa and Zambia, who will speak about issues affecting girls’ education. (1 March 2007, 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm in Conference Room 1.)
  • Girls Speak Out: Eight children will provide testimonials of their work and experiences. Katie Couric will be the moderator. (2 March 2007, 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm in ECOSOC Chamber.)
  • UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict: Speakers include Ms. Fatou Bensouda, Deputy Prosecutor, International Criminal Court; General Daniel Opande, UN Force Commander, Liberia and Sierra Leone; Ms. Eve Ensler, creator of the Vagina Monologues and V-DAY; and Sapana Pradhan Malla, Director of the Forum for Women, Law and Development. (5 March 2007, 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm, Conference Room 4).
  • Reaching Marginalized and Disadvantaged Girls to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals: Young people from Botswana, Guatemala, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi and Mali will discuss strategies to reach marginalized girls. The discussion will be moderated by Rima Salah, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF. (6 March 2007, 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm, Conference Room 2)

The CSW’s 51st session will run from 26 February to 9 March 2007. See above listings for dates of specific events.

All events will be held at the UN Secretariat. Specific rooms for each event are listed above.

This session of the Commission on the Status of Women is dedicated to eliminating all forms of discrimination and violence against girls and to give voice to young people from around the world who are inspirations in their own communities.

For further information, or to arrange interviews with the participating children and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah, please contact:

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, New York
Tel.: +1-212-326-7452   Email:

Najwa Mekki, UNICEF Media, New York
Tel.: +1-212-326-7162   Email:


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