Scores of international leaders and government officials convened at the United Nations for the 67th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67), March 6-17, and six representatives from the Academy of the Holy Angels, Demarest, New Jersey were there. Caroline Dupas, Hannah Janiec, Aiko Chang, and Alexandra Valdez attended CSW67 with social studies teacher Jennifer Cucchisi and AHA Director of Mission and Ministry Joan Connelly. The Academy’s representatives were guests of the SSND UN-NGO Office.
Connelly and Cucchisi accompanied the Angels to various workshops. AHA’s visitors heard about digital tools for enhancing women’s political participation, Kazakhstan’s efforts to accelerate gender equality, gender equality as a prerequisite for democracy, pathways to women’s economic empowerment, and a cybersafety presentation about fake news and staying safe while online. The commission also featured a discussion of harmful practices, including child marriage and female genital mutilation.
“Our students are called to be leaders who recognize the dignity of all persons and promote justice and peace and care for all of God’s creation,” Connelly said, quoting the Academy’s mission statement. “Participating in the UN CSW supports AHA’s mission because CSW supports a worldview that is based on human dignity.”
Cucchisi commented, “Many Holy Angels’ classes explore women’s rights and roles around the world. In my international studies class, we focus on the issues women face, and how change can, and urgently must, be made in achieving gender equality.”