United Nations Ambassador & UN Humanitarian Award-Winner Farah Zulaikha Makes HERstory Attending The Historic 61st Commission On The Status Of Women At UN Headquarters!

WORKING THE CAMERAS IN SUPPORT OF GENDER EQUALITY AT WORK here at United Nations Headquarters! I WAS SO THRILLED TO BE A PART OF HISTORY AT THE 61st COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN! It is an honor to once again serve my nation & the World as the winner of the UN Distinguished International Humanitarian Youth Leadership Award & now one of the youngest Ambassadors currently serving The National Council Of Women Of The United States At The United Nations! WOMEN LEADERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE DESCENDED UPON UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS NYC FOR THE WHOLE WEEK to promote gender equality in actions such as one which I just submitted notes to, The Convention On The Elimination Of All Forms Of Discrimination Against WOMEN (CEDAW) a legal instrument that REQUIRES ALL COUNTRIES TO ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ALL WOMEN IN ALL AREAS & is often described as the “International Bill Of Rights Of Women.” IT IS MY LIFE’S GREATEST HONOR TO SERVE MY FELLOW HUMANS & THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY IN THE HOPE OF A WORLD WHERE NO WOMAN REGARDLESS OF SEXUALITY, GENDER, SOCIOECONOMIC LEVEL, NATIONALITY, RELIGION, ETC. IT IS ABOUT ALL OF US & WE ARE ALL STRONGER TOGETHER! 💪🏼✍🏼 (Style notes: All Americana in head to toe Gucci representing the colors of my country the USA 🇺🇸 & accented by my shearling horsebit Chelsea boots! 👸🏻)

Gender Equality never looked so good. 👸🏻😇 Taking my official UN delegate photos for #CSW61 & I’m SO THRILLED TO BE A PART OF HISTORY AT THE 61st COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN! It is an honor to once again serve my nation & the World as the winner of the UN Distinguished International Humanitarian Youth Leadership Award & now one of the youngest Ambassadors currently serving The National Council Of Women Of The United States At The United Nations! WOMEN LEADERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE DESCENDED UPON UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS NYC FOR THE WHOLE WEEK to promote gender equality in areas such as governmental representation, the workplace, etc.! THE BIGGEST LESSON ABOUT GENDER EQUALITY IS TO ACTUALLY UNLEARN DAMAGING SOCIAL NORMS THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ACCEPTABLE BY ANY SOCIETY! However we ARE the force of change & it is a GREAT day to be a LADY whether cisgender, transgender, POC, lgbtq it DOESN’T MATTER WE ARE ALL SISTERS working towards the goal of an equal planet with equal opportunity & rights for all.

Where are all my fellow STEM girls?! 🤓✍🏼🚺🔬⚗️I AM PROUD TO BE A SCIENCE NERD/STEM GIRL AS A DECORATED BIOMEDICAL RESEARCHER WHO HELPED WORK ON GROUNDBREAKING PROJECTS SUCH AS THE ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS & SOLE WINNER (MALE OR FEMALE!) OF THE ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS CONTRIBUTOR AWARD I AM LIVING PROOF THAT GIRLS BELONG IN STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math). What makes a young girl believe she is less intelligent and capable than a boy? What happens when those children face the “hard subjects” like science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)? A recent study, “Gender Stereotypes About Intellectual Ability Emerge Early & Influence Children’s Interests” showed that by the age of 6, girls were already less likely than boys to describe their own gender as “brilliant” and less likely to join an activity labelled for “very, very smart kids.” Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Unfortunately, DESPITE EVEN IN INSTANCES OF FEMALE STUDENTS HAVING HIGHER PERFORMANCE/ENROLLMENT/ACHIEVEMENT IN SECONDARY EDUCATION OVER THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS women and girls continued to be excluded from participating fully in science. According to the Census Bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey, women comprise 48% of the U.S. workforce but just 24% of workers in STEM fields. Many scholars/policy makers have noted that the fields of science, technology, engineering, & math (STEM fields) have been predominantly male occupations, w/historically low female inclusion. STEM professions, like medicine and law, require higher education or training—especially in mathematics—in nearly all cases. From the time of Isaac Newton, whose formulation of calculus set the ball rolling, to the late 20th century, women were forbidden or discouraged from entering higher education, often under the rubric that “a woman’s place is in the home”—abetted by considerable formal backing from church and state. WE AT THE UN ARE WORKING TO COMBAT THESE DAMAGING STEREOTYPES! ✊🏼💪🏼❤️

WHAT DO WE WANT? GENDER EQUALITY! WHEN DO WE WANT IT? NOW!!!! 🚺✊🏼💕❤️Pay inequality persists, here & everywhere, and it matters. It matters because it is a blatant injustice and because it condemns millions of women & their families to lives of entrenched poverty. It is a global, systemic problem that needs concerted attention and action. Women in the USA earn on average 79 cents for every $1 that men earn and identify the gender pay gap as their primary workplace concern. It has obvious immediate repercussions but also directly relates to longer-term impacts such as credit-worthiness, savings, social security benefits & retirement income. Globally, some 200 mil. women in old age are living without any regular income from an old age or survivor’s pension, despite having been in the workforce in earlier life. In the European Union, elderly women are 37 per cent more likely to live in poverty than elderly men. It is the women who earn least for whom the income discrepancy is most damaging. In the US, African American women earn only 60 cents, Native American women 59 cents Latinas 55 cents for every $1 that white men earn. Where every dollar counts, pay inequality can be enough to plunge families below the breadline. Income well spent on education, nutrition and health potentially moves a generation out of poverty; insufficient income reinforces the poverty cycle. In the USA today, married mothers are the primary or co-breadwinners in more than half of families and more than 15.2 million family households are headed by women. One in three of those families have incomes that fall below the poverty level. If the wage gap were eliminated, on average, a working woman in the United States would be able to afford the equivalent of 83 more weeks of food for her family! REPRESENTING THE NEEDS OF MY DISADVANTAGED SISTERS IS ONE OF THE REASONS THAT DROVE ME TO BE PART OF HISTORY AT THE 61st COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN as a UN Award Winner & Ambassador! WORKING TOWARDS THE GOAL OF EQUAL PAY FOR ALL! ❤️✊🏼🚺

IT’S ALL Gucci HERE AT THE UNITED NATIONS WITH AMBASSADOR FARAH ZULAIKHA AT THE 61st COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN! It is an honor to once again serve my nation & the World as the winner of the UN Distinguished International Humanitarian Youth Leadership Award & now one of the youngest Ambassadors currently serving The National Council Of Women Of The United States At The United Nations (even dedicating my weekends instead of sleeping in as we are working OVERTIME to ensure the rights of all). I AM SO PRIVILEGED TO BE HERE & ABLE TO BE A DIRECT SOLUTION TO THE ISSUES WHICH AFFECT WOMEN & TO HELP MAKE HISTORY & EMPOWER WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD supporting the Convention On The Elimination Of All Forms Of Discrimination Against WOMEN (CEDAW) a legal instrument that REQUIRES ALL COUNTRIES TO ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ALL WOMEN IN ALL AREAS & is often described as the “International Bill Of Rights Of Women.” IN THIS POLITICAL CLIMATE AS WE WATCH OUR RIGHTS/VOICES BE SILENCED, WE RESIST ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION & ANTI-HUMANITARIANISM! DO NOT BE AFRAID WE ARE NOT HELPLESS! HUMAN RIGHTS HAVE AN ANCHOR IN SUPPORT GLOBALLY AT THE UNITED NATIONS REGARDLESS OF NATIONALITY, ETHNICITY, RELIGION, GENDER & SEXUALITY! We are the LEADERS of the TRULY free world & we are the innovators! POWER TO THE PEOPLE & THAT INCLUDES WOMEN ALL ACROSS THE BOARD OF ALL GENDERS, CISGENDER/TRANSGENDER/LGBTQ ETC. WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER!

CHAT WITH UN AWARDEE/AMBASSADOR FARAH ZULAIKHA AT THE UNITED NATIONS & COME ALONG W/ME INSIDE THE HISTORIC 61ST COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN! We can sit & complain, fighting neighbor against neighbor, brother against sister & friend against friend- or we can actually come together & use our unique talents FOR GOOD NOT GREED in only the hopes of understanding one another & making the World a better place. IN ORDER TO DO SO WE MUST LISTEN & RESPECT ONE ANOTHER TO GAIN SOME EMPATHY & PERSPECTIVE SO LET ME KNOW! I’M ALL EARS, MIND & HEART, & I AM WILLING TO SHARE IT WITH YOU ALL SO DON’T BE AFRAID TO DO THE SAME! What would you like to know about what we are doing to help combat dangerous attitudes towards women all over the globe? Are you concerned about inclusion of Trans women? Do you have any ideas to share on how we can attack sexism through early education of both young girls AND boys? As we know, early preventative education is THE ONLY PROVEN WAY TO ELIMINATE DAMAGING SOCIAL CONCEPTS SUCH AS MISOGYNY, RACISM, HOMOPHOBIA/TRANSPHOBIA, ABLEISM, PREJUDICE ETC. SO WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION NOW & CREATE A BETTER FUTURE! DO NOT BE AFRAID WE ARE THE FUTURE! It is an honor to once again serve my nation & the World as the winner of the UN Distinguished International Humanitarian Youth Leadership Award & now one of the youngest Ambassadors currently serving The National Council Of Women Of The United States At The United Nations (even dedicating my weekends instead of sleeping in as we are working OVERTIME to ensure the rights of all). I AM SO PRIVILEGED TO BE HERE & ABLE TO BE A DIRECT SOLUTION TO THE ISSUES WHICH AFFECT WOMEN & TO HELP MAKE HISTORY & EMPOWER WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT & NEVER FEAR- NO MATTER WHAT DISHEARTENING ACTIONS HAPPEN IN YOUR SOCIETY OR GOVERNMENT, WE CAN RESIST BY SPREADING KNOWLEDGE & MAKING CHANGE!

❤️🚺🇵🇰 PAKISTANI PRIDE AT THE UN W/PAKISTAN’S YOUNGEST OLYMPIAN & PRO SQUASH PLAYER Noorena Shams! I am so proud of my sisters all around the globe of Pakistani descent. As we have proven time & time again, Pakistani girls are some of the most intelligent & resilient! Despite being a nation which has issues with crimes against women such as acid attacks & existing in a region which is known for being heavily problematic for women (neighboring states include Afghanistan which all but makes life impossible for women; Iran which also has issues dealing with religious extremism, lack of female education/rights & disparate objectification/whitewashing/unhealthy societal plastic surgery obsession; & India which is known for being one of the most dangerous nations for women on the planet only 2nd to Afghanistan & has continued problems with gang rape/sexual assault & cultural oppression such as bride burning practiced by extremist Hindus or targeting religious & ethnic minority/lower caste women for rape/sexual assault/murder) as no nation is innocent in terms of crimes against women, PAKISTANI WOMEN HAVE CONTINUED TO ACHIEVE & SUCCEED IN THE UPPER ECHELONS OF GLOBAL EXCELLENCE! They include leaders such as Oxford educated female Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, heroes like the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner EVER Malala Yousafzai (who AT 14 Y.O. OPENLY DEFIED A TALIBAN ORDER BANNING WOMEN FROM ATTENDING SCHOOL & survived after being shot in the face by a Taliban sniper) & the incredible NOORENA SHAMS! GREEN-EYED QUEEN NOORENA ALSO PLAYED MEN’S CRICKET IN A COUNTRY WHICH HAS BEEN #1 SEVERAL TIMES! Female athletes from this part of the world don’t have the big budget programs or sponsorships others do, nor do they have support in a patriarchal society. My own Mom was a top female athlete/cadet & she recalled challenges like not being allowed to wear shorts/skintight clothing due to society’s rules so they would have to work extra hard to make their timings in track/field bc their baggy clothes created wind resistance! Noorena makes me so proud to be Pakistani-American! I SALUTE YOU NOORENA & ALL THE FIERCE FEMALE ATHLETES WHO DEFY THE ODDS! ✊🏼

BLESS UP AFRICA! ✊🏼❤️ WOMEN OF COLOR REPRESENTING AT THE HISTORIC 61ST COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN AT UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS! All smiles with the esteemed Dr. Nchiewe Elemi Ani, President of the Medical Women’s Association Of Nigeria 🇳🇬 who traveled all the way from Africa to be here this morning working for a better World. It may be tiring & tedious work where we are PAID NOTHING & at our own expense WE band together in the hopes of ending the oppression and injustice for all. IF A WOMAN IS EMPOWERED, SHE CAN SERVE & STRENGTHEN HER COMMUNITY! We are the agents of change!

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it was established by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946. Following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, the Commission now also contributes to the follow-up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development so as to accelerate the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women (ECOSOC resolution 2015/6). The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

During the Commission’s annual two-week session, representatives of UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities gather at UN headquarters in New York. They discuss progress and gaps in the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the key global policy document on gender equality, and the 23rd special session of the General Assembly, as well as emerging issues that affect gender equality and the empowerment of women. Member States agree on further actions to accelerate progress and promote women’s rights in political, economic and social fields. The outcomes and recommendations of each session are forwarded to ECOSOC for follow-up.

The Commission adopts multi-year work programs to appraise progress and make further recommendations to accelerate the implementation of the Platform for Action. These recommendations take the form of negotiated agreed conclusions on a priority theme.

Under its current methods of work, established by ECOSOC resolution 2015/6, at each session the Commission:

  • Holds a ministerial segment to reaffirm and strengthen political commitment to the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as well as their human rights and to ensure high-level engagement and the visibility of the deliberations of the Commission;
  • Engages in general discussion on the status of gender equality, identifying goals attained, achievements made and efforts under way to close gaps and meet challenges in relation to the priority theme and the review theme;
  • Considers one priority theme, based on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly and possible linkages to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  • Evaluates progress in implementing agreed conclusions from previous sessions as a review theme;
  • Addresses emerging issues, trends, focus areas and new approaches to questions affecting the situation of women, that require timely consideration;
  • Plays a catalytic role for gender mainstreaming in the United Nations system and contributes gender perspectives to the work of other intergovernmental processes and functional commissions;
  • Considers in closed meeting the report of its Working Group on Communications;
  • Agrees on further actions for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women by adopting agreed conclusions and resolutions; and

Sets aside time for the observation of International Women’s Day on 8 March, when it falls within its session.

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