The U.N. Women and New Future Foundation hosted a forum to usher in CSW 59/Beijing+20. A forum held Friday, Feb. 6 at Harlem Family Church Center, 147 W. 120th St., laid out their past and future efforts to establish an all-girls school in Ghana, Africa, with local Americanized Africans participating in the academic aspects.

Local activist Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, a U.N. goodwill ambassador to Africa and founder of the U.N. non-governmental organization New Future Foundation, was the moderator of the event honoring the International Day of Women. The Rev. Juanita Pierre-Louis, pastor of Harlem Family Church Center, hosted the forum.

The Queen Mothers of Africa, which have been reunited after 20 years, are on a mission to build an all-girls school in Ghana. This reunion and consultation is the first introductory side event of the CSW 59/Beijing+20 session, starting in Harlem.

The 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the U.N. in New York City, First Avenue and 42nd Street, March 9-20. Representatives of member states, U.N. entities and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations from all regions of the world will attend the session.

It has been 20 years since U.N. Women gathered in Beijing. Since then, the “Platform for Action” has been formed. It covers 12 critical areas of concern that are as relevant today as they were 20 years ago: poverty; education and training; health; violence; armed conflict; economy; power and decision-making; institutional mechanisms; human rights; media; environment; and the girl child. CSW 59 will address all areas of concern and strategic objectives will be identified in addition to a detailed catalogue of related actions to be taken by governments and other stakeholders at national, regional and international levels.

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