The United Nations 58th Commission on the Status of Women was held in New York from 10th to 21st March and was attended by eight of our members, reviewing the Millennium Development Goals and working for women’s vital involvement in agreeing Sustainable Development Goals for 2015-2020 and, of course, celebrating IWD there with women from every part of the world!

This year our delegation included Chloe Hill, winner of our national competition ‘Giving Young Women and Girls a Voice’. Catch up on Chloe’s tweets by following us on @NCWGB!

Inspiring Change was this year’s theme for IWD. For NCW the necessity of change is non-negotiable! We need more women in positions of power to challenge issues such as the use of rape as a weapon of war, internet pornography and especially all aspects of Violence Against Women and Girls.

Our Contribution to IWD in the UK

This month NCW held an IWD seminar in Portcullis House on ‘Women in the Commonwealth Today’ and joined forces with our affiliate, the Royal College of Nursing, in a symposium on Trafficking.

In addition, our National Council of Young Women (NCYW) celebrated IWD with three seminars: Nottingham Girls’ High School, Croydon High School and Darlington College tackled the issues of ‘Troubled and Troublesome Teenagers’, ‘Female Genital Mutilation’ and ‘The Effects of the Social Media on Young People’ respectively.

IWD and the Future: NCW Hopes of Inspiring Change

• More women in Parliament, for which we have long campaigned;
• More women taking up the vote. The more women who exercise it, the more powerful and influential their voice;
• More women inspired by what we do; come and add your voice to ours.