Queens Chinese Women's Assn. Attends UN Conference
In commemoration of International Women's Day on March 8, representatives of Chinese Immigrants Services/Queens Chinese Women's Association attended the 51st session of the United Nations' Commission of the Status of Women. Chinese Immigrants Services, Inc. is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
The session included a commemoration that featured His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary- General; Her Excellency Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, president of the General Assembly; and His Excellency Dumisani Shadrak Kumalo, president of the Security Council. Ban congratulated all the NGOs on International Women's Day, reaffirmed that he is a firm ally of gender equality and promised to focus on concrete action to eliminate violence against women. Khalifa emphasized the importance of peace building, not only in times of conflict but also in times of peace, to work on healing scars of violence. Kumalo paid tribute to Angela King, who was a main advisor to former Secretary General KofiAnnan on gender issues. This year's conference had "The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the women" as its priority theme.
Grace Meng, president of the Queens Chinese Women's Association, stated, "We are honored to represent the women in Queens today as we gather and celebrate International Women's Day with female leaders from all around the world. In each of our organizations, we are working hard to eliminate discrimination and violence against women. This year's conference is very special because we have invited girls under the age of 18 to attend so they can learn about and discuss many of these issues that affect them and their communities. They are learning crucial skills to become our future leaders."