The CSW65 was an exciting, humbling and inspiring experience. For me, the recurrent themes were those of universality and accountability, and I learnt that it is crucial to make intersectionality the heart of the discussion. As said by another delegate: ‘it was an experience of listening. Very hard listening’.
Transnational feminism was also integral to the Conversation Circle. Speaking with the girls in my own group, we discussed the need for a globalised and holistic approach to Feminist Action for Climate Change. One advocate spoke of climate change directly impacting women in her town and their economic stability, making me see the need for increased awareness in the UK of the impact of our actions for the climate.
Another topic I focused on was sexual violence, in the wake of the Sarah Everard case. Many girls I spoke with wanted to see a push for more education to eliminate rape culture. Ultimately, I was privileged to be a part of CSW65. It was a reminder that we have a responsibility not to forget that ‘there is a global community outside of our own personal bubble’; that we must use our privilege to listen to and amplify the voices of others.
Author: Ailish Gaughan