Would you like to observe diplomacy in action? CASIN is committed to exposing students to real-time international diplomacy on a number of topics. In service of this mission, CASIN organizes student delegations to various international conventions, conferences, meetings, and proceedings. Following training from CASIN staff and affiliates, students observe the conference proceedings, receive briefings from key stakeholders, including diplomats and NGO experts, and catalogue their observations. As an NGO with UN ECOSOC consultative status, CASIN delegates are able to have an insider look into international negotiations and decision making. In the past, notes taken by student delegates have been used to support official NGO reports, journalistic accounts of the proceedings, and students’ own academic research and coursework.
- 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57), United Nations Headquarters, New York; March 4-15, 2013
*List is subject to change based on the number of applications received, available funding, and requirements of conference convenors.
To attend a CASIN delegation, applicants must be current graduate or undergraduate students, or recent graduates, of an American college or university. US nationals enrolled abroad are also welcome to apply. Applicants must also be current CASIN members. (If you are not already a member of CASIN, signing up is easy and free.)
How to Apply
If you’re interested in attending a CASIN delegation, please contact Maimoona Zia. Requirements vary for each delegation, but typically consist of a letter of interest, résumé, and professional/academic references. Because of the time required to secure credentials for attendance, potential applicants should express interest in applying as soon as possible, even if an application is not yet complete.
A limited number of scholarships are available on the basis of financial need to defray the costs of travel and accommodations during a CASIN delegation. Delegates are also encouraged to locate external sources of funds. To inquire about funding opportunities, please contact Maimoona Zia.
DELEGATES FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
Meet the Delegates
57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 4-15, 2013.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is the leading policy-making body focusing on gender equality and advancement of women. The fifty-seventh session of the CSW (CSW57) will be held at UN Headquarters in New York City from March 4-15, 2013 and will bring together delegates from member states and civil society to discuss the Commission’s priority theme of “elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls” and review theme of the “equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS.” Through five interactive panels, the Commission will review experiences, identify challenges, discuss ways to implement existing commitments, and adopt action-oriented recommendations for states, intergovernmental bodies, other UN entities, and stakeholders. In particular, the interactive panels will address the following topics:
- Setting the stage: existing global commitments for prevention and elimination of violence against women;
- Ensuring leadership, coordination and meeting the resource challenge for ending violence against women;
- Tackling causes and risk factors to prevent violence against women and girls: what works;
- Ensuring inclusive policies and strategies to eliminate violence against all women and girls (e.g. women with disabilities, indigenous women, migrant women, adolescent girls): what works; and
- Integrated service delivery and multisectoral responses: good practice examples.
After a rigorous application process, CASIN has selected a group of ten undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals to serve as CASIN delegates to CSW57. During the conference, delegates will attend official sessions, hear from experts during side events, and interact with other civil society representatives. Delegates will be led by CASIN staff and will receive preparation materials and orientation prior to the conference. For more information about delegations, contact the Delegations Chair, Board of Directors, Maimoona Zia.
Larkin Callaghan completed her masters and doctoral degrees in Health & Behavior Studies at Columbia University, with a focus in public health education, and women’s and adolescent health. She has advocacy, research, and program design and evaluation experience in reproductive, sexual, and child and adolescent health. Previously at UCSF and Columbia Medical Center, she is currently a health communication and epidemiology fellow at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia. She works to translate epidemiological research into compelling features for general audiences, with a focus on reproductive and sexual health.
Fatsani Dogani is a registered nurse with extensive healthcare experience, I have worked in both the British and US healthcare systems. My passion is public health and the role it can play in improving global awareness on social issues dealing with women and children . I am currently a PhD candidate at Walden University specializing in public health and my goal is to contribute to positive social change. I am honored to be a CASIN delegate as it gives me the opportunity to observe international policy making procedures in action.
Alyssa Jarocki is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying International Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Global Health. Alyssa became a member of CASIN last fall, and will be a delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women’s 57th Session. She was inspired to attend this event through her work as Chair of the student organization Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE). PAVE is dedicated to preventing sexual assault, dating violence and stalking through education and activism, and has provided Alyssa with the leadership skills and background knowledge that she hopes to further develop during this session. As a student who strives to become an advocate for the rights of women all over the world, she is honored to be able to attend CSW 57 and share what she has learned with others. She will be graduating in May of 2014, and plans to attend law school to study human rights law.
Anna Keegan is a graduate student in the Master of International Affairs program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she is pursuing a concentration in human rights. She was a 2012 Council of Women World Leaders Gender and Public Policy Fellow at the F.W. de Klerk Foundation in South Africa and has interned with the United Nations Development Programme Gender Team in New York and Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Prior to her graduate studies, Anna served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia and received a B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology from Colgate University.
Oanh-Nhi Nguyen is a senior double majoring in International Studies and Policy Management at Dickinson College. As a research intern at the U.S. Army Peacekeeping Stability and Operations Institute (PKSOI), she became interested in the protection of civilians and UN Peacekeeping specifically women’s role in peace operations. She edited and contributed to developing the sections on conflict related sexual violence, and the protection of children for the Protection of Civilians Military Reference Guide for the U.S. Army, AFRICOM, NATO, national militaries, United Nations, and International Training Peace Centers. She also published “Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts: A Conspiracy of Silence” in the PKSOI Journal Online. Her interest in sexual violence prevention began when she co-edited The Global Clothesline Project documentary, a 57 minute film that features survivors of domestic violence from Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Netherlands, Cameroon, Venezuela, and the United States. Due to her aspiration to end the cycle of violence, she founded and directs L.E.A.D., a youth mentorship and leadership program between 24 Dickinson College mentors and 50 to 70 students from grades 5, 7 to 12 in Carlisle, PA.
Zosia Sztykowski has been organizing her community in Washington, DC to build safe public and private spaces for women and LGBTQ individuals for the past two years. She serves as the Director of Community Outreach for Collective Action for Safe Spaces, an organization that fights public sexual harassment and assault, and as a special assistant to a government executive working in international trade and finance. She studied political science and international relations at Tufts University, where she focused her studies on human rights and social justice.
Mileva Vignjevic is currently a research fellow at the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect where she conducts research on populations at risk of mass atrocities. Mileva is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where she earned a B.A. in International Business and Political Science. Mileva has a strong interest in human rights and their protection; she has attended United Nations sessions including the PFII, UPR, UN HRC and CRC where she gained a better understanding of human rights. Mileva is honored to be a CASIN delegate at CSW 57 and to share her observation with others; education is essential when promoting human rights, especially women’s and children’s rights because women are often deprived of an education. Mileva plans to attend law school and study international human rights law.
4th Implementation Cycle: Policy Session for the UN Division for Sustainable Development at the United Nations in New York
43rd Session of the Population for the Commission on Population and Development; Health, Morbidity and Mortality at the United Nations in New York
7th-10th Preparatory Commissions for the International Criminal Court (PrepCom) and 1st-4th Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (ASP) (New York and the Hague, 2001-present)
39th session of the Advisory Committee on the United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law (New York, 10 November 2004)
4th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (New York, 15-17 May 2005)
From Reaction to Prevention: Civil Society Forging Partnerships to Prevent Violent Conflict and Build Peace (New York, 18-22 July 2005)
7th session of the Ad Hoc Committee on a Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities (AHC 7) (New York, 16 January – 3 February 2006)
United Nations Conference to review progress made in the implementation of the programme of action to prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects (RevCon 2006) (New York, 27 June – 7 July 2006)
Delegations to ICC Negotiations
7th Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Court, March 2001
8th Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Court, September 2001
9th Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Court, April 2002
10th Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Court, July 2002
The Assembly of States Parties
First Session of the Assembly of States Parties Meeting for the International Criminal Court, September 2002
Resumed First Session of the Assembly of States Parties Meeting for the International Criminal Court, February 2003
Second Resumption of the First Session of the Assembly of States Parties Meeting for the International Criminal Court, April 2003
Second Session of the Assembly of States Parties Meeting for the International Criminal Court, September 2003
Third Session of the Assembly of States Parties Meeting for the International Criminal Court, September 2004