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Delta Day at the United Nations Addresses the Empowerment of Women and Girls MSigma Theta gath-ore than 100members of Delta ered for the 8th Annual Delta Day at the United Na- tions on March 8, 2012. This year’s activities focused on the theme “The Empower- ment of Women and Girls, Addressing Poverty, Hun- ger, Health Disparities, Ed- ucation, and Other Current Challenges.” The event kicked off with a welcome reception hosted by the law fi rm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Whar- ton & Garrison LLP. During the reception, presenta- tions were made from local leaders and others affi liat- ed with the United Nations and United Nations Foun- dation. Participants fi PHOTO BY lled the room for the panel discussion on “UN Millennium Development Goals.” LEM PETERKIN The next day’s event began with a welcome from Dr. Paulette C. Walk- intergovernmental bodies and other tion against Women, which is often er, national fi relevant stakeholders. described as an international bill of rst vice president, who encouraged those in attendance to Susan Myers, vice president of rights for women. Consisting of a pre- continue Delta’s work to empower UN Relations, UN Foundation provid- amble and 30 articles, it defi nes what women and girls throughout the Af- ed a summary of some of the horrifi constitutes discrimination against c rican Diaspora. Dr. Walker was fol- crimes against women that recapped women and sets up an agenda for na- lowed by Her Excellency Dessima what has devastated many popula- tional action to end such discrimina- Williams, permanent representative tions. Sexual terrorism, without im- tion. of Grenada to the United Nations. Wil- punity, is being used as a means of Following the opening session, liams invited Deltas to come to Gre- intimidating, fracturing and destroy- several panel discussions took place nada and help with Hat Diplomacy, ing communities. Women and girls featuring speakers from business, an initiative to support poor women live in daily fear of brutal rape, rejec- non-profi t and philanthropic organi- entrepreneurs who make straw hats tion, female genital mutilation and zations. The panel topics included to support their families. She also murder to take their organs for sale. healthcare disparities, UN Millen- shared the importance of engaging Meyers also emphasized the impor- nium Development Goals, access to with the Commission on the Status tance of Delta Sigma Theta continu- clean cooking options for impover- of Women, which meets annually to ing to work toward the United States ished communities and clean water. compile a set of concrete recommen- ratifying the Convention on the Elim- Speakers included: Rachel Ma- dations for action by governments, ination of All Forms of Discrimina- yanja, former UN special adviser of 27 ▲ JOURNAL Summer 2012


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