Two Year 13 students from Nottingham Girls’ High School will be jetting off to New York to represent the UK as delegates of the National Council of Women Great Britain at CSW61 (the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 61) on the 10th of March 2017.
Jenny Raw, 17, and Rachel Wibberley, 18, have been handpicked to join the delegation in New York. They were chosen due to their work with the National Council of Young Women (NCYW), an organisation formed in 2008 which represents young women at a national level, working with the well-established National Council of Women to lobby government on issues that young women care about.
This opportunity has been made possible by the funding and support of Nottingham Girls’ High School and the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST), of which Nottingham Girls’ High School is a member.
Nottingham Girls’ High School’s well-established NCYW group meets regularly and plans events such as marking the International Day of the Girl, Human Rights Day and International Women’s Day. Jenny and Rachel are passionate about their involvement with the group and it has certainly inspired their forthcoming trip, where they will be discussing women’s economic empowerment in the workplace, as well as the empowerment of indigenous women.
Jenny, who is also Head Girl at the school, said: “Representing the National Council of Women Great Britain at the UN will be an invaluable and amazing opportunity for me. It will draw on my interest in the issues women are facing around the world, as well as developing my leadership skills.”
“My desire to follow a career where I can champion the progress of women, either through law or in government, has been fuelled and cemented by these opportunities and the chance to represent the NCW at the UN is the ultimate privilege.”
Fellow student Rachel said: “Making a difference motivates me. I want to have a role in shaping the world for others and I am excited about my opportunity to represent the NCW at the 61st Commission. By giving me the opportunity to augment my insight into the global issues women are facing and develop my communication and leadership skills, I can become more effective in my aim to highlight the fact that many younger women take great interest in the progression towards gender equality.”
Julie Keller, Head of Nottingham Girls’ High School, said: “This is an extremely exciting opportunity for the girls and we were over the moon when we heard the news that they had been asked to attend the event in New York. The school has a strong link with the National Council of Women and we couldn’t be more proud to represent them in New York at an international event. We encourage our students to be bold, adventurous and principled, and this is just that. I know that they will have a brilliant time and learn so much along the way.”
Cheryl Giovannoni, Chief Executive of the GDST, added: “We are proud to support Jenny and Rachel as our GDST global outreach ambassadors, using their time at CSW61 to share the views of girls and young women across the GDST network and gather information to share with the network on their return.”
The girls have launched a blog for their journey to New York, which will chronicle their trip as well as hopefully inspire other girls to get involved: http://gdstcsw61.wixsite.com/jennyandrachel