St. Joseph’s Academy Spanish and criminology teacher Laura Flandez, a 2012 Academy graduate, was selected to participate in the United Nations’ 65th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), held virtually in March. Flandez, who was nominated by Sister Ily Fernandez, was one of five exceptional young adult participants representing the Congregation of St. Joseph at the 2021 conference.
The CSW, established in June of 1946, is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Flandez participated via Zoom in several sessions per day over the course of the week. In the evenings, she met with the other young adults nominated by the Congregation to discuss their findings.
“It has been extremely powerful to learn about the work that women around the world are doing to eradicate the gender and racial disparities within immigration, healthcare, education and the law, as well as to fight human trafficking,” Flandez said.
CSW participants also delved into the promotion of women’s enjoyment of their rights in political, economic and social fields. The outcomes and recommendations of each session are forwarded to Economic and Social Council for follow-up.
“I am so excited and honored to have been able learn from so many wonderful women who commit their lives to promoting women’s rights and shaping global standards through their work advocating for us,” Flandez said. “I was thrilled to be able to represent the SJA community while in this conference and hope to bring back powerful information so that we can continue to work towards educating and shaping young women to be the best they can be, here and throughout the world.”
Mindy Brodhead Averitt