Media Zone: Voices of Rural Women during the Sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of

New York, NY, March 27th, 2018 – On March 15th the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women Forum (CSW 62) hosted the Media Zone: Voices of Rural Women in collaboration with the PVBLIC Foundation, PCI Media Impact and NGO CSW/NY. Key speakers and attendees, including Marilou McPhedran – Senate of Canada, Lopa Banerjee - UN Women and Sizani Ngubane - Rural Women's Movement, South Africa, shared their mission about how their organizations are achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

Picture: Hon. Marilou McPhedra, Senator, Canadian Parlament / Susan O'Malley, Chair, NGO CSW/NY

Sean Southey, CEO, PCI Media Impact, shares: "PCI Media was honored to have supported the production of the inaugural NGO CSW Media Zone. With our partners, NGO CSW NY and the PVBLIC Foundation, we brought the voices of rural women and girls into the public eye. Too often, these voices are unheard. We are proud to have hosted this event in the heart of New York City, directly opposite the United Nations, and invited the world’s media to hear testimonies of courage and leadership directly from rural women from all over the world. The challenges they face - from violence, conflict and the dire effects of climate change, to lack of opportunities for economic development and education – will not disappear until rural women and girls are empowered to speak out. We are delighted to have been part of that process.”

Margaret Owen, Widows For Peace Through Democracy, added: “I am motivated because coming from all over the world there are all these organizations and NGO’s and the governments are there across the road and I want them to hear what real women are saying about the realities of their lives.”

Live social media coverage shared insights from key people of the international community engaging global citizens to learn more about the important work for the advancement of rural women and girls. CSW 62’s pledge to educate people about the concerns of rural women has been highlighted via short video-interviews with organizations, including Baha'i International Community, Save the Children US, Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc. and International Presentation Association, sharing their commitments and the challenges they face with when working with rural women.

Kerry Bannigan, Media Zone Executive Producer and PVBLIC Board member, shares, “It has been an honor to deliver the first CSW 62 Media Zone producing a digital activation to amplify the voices and concerns of rural women globally. The Media Zone encouraged a stronger call-to-action among the global community of change makers, organizations and citizens to learn and grow, in order to support rural women in a more significant way.”

The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW/NY), supports the work of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and UN Women. NGO CSW/NY represents more than 400 member organizations and individuals concerned about the status of women and girls. The committee is a volunteer-based, non-profit NGO funded largely by individual contributions.

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