GLI at the UN


Passionate about girls’ rights? Want a chance to make your voice heard at the United Nations? Apply to be a delegate at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women! Every year, the UN holds a conference called the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the beginning of March. This Commission is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women. Because GLI is an accredited non-governmental organization (NGO) at the UN, we are allowed to bring delegates to this conference!

GLI has brings t a delegation of students and adults to the CSW. As GLI delegates, students actively participate in six full days of workshops, panels, and presentations in and around the UN. Students speak directly to UN officials on girls’ human rights, and draft position statements for the CSW, outlining their stances and suggestions on universal girls’ education, violence prevention, human rights, and related issues. They also speak and moderate panels and report on events. In other words, they’re not just sitting on the sidelines; they’re fully engaged in all parts of the conference!

There is no fee to apply or to attend this conference, although participants must cover their own costs associated with attending (flights, hotels, transportation within the city, food). There are a limited number of travel scholarships available. In order to apply, students must be active in a GLI Chapter at their high school and be 16 or older as of the first day of the CSW.  Unfortunately, for our younger GLI students, the United Nations will not grant access passes to students younger than 16.  Delegates must also be available to participate in activities the entire week of the CSW.  Delegates traveling from out of town must attend with an adult acting as a chaperone. GLI welcomes high school students of all genders to apply!

CSW61 – March 11 -17, 2017 

Learn more about applying to be a member of the delegation here CSW61 Information and Application .  Applications are competitive and are due December 2, 2016.

Students, parents, teachers and friends of GLI can learn more about attending select CSW61 events by contacting Ashley Steimer-King,

Check out quotes from past CSW delegates:

Getting to go to CSW is an amazing experience because I get to meet girls from all over the world, and voice my opinions on things that matter to me. It’s my favorite week of the year!” -Rebecca Gudzy, delegate at CSW58 and CSW59

The CSW was a life changing experience for me. Being there allowed me to see the global plight of women at all levels of society, and what I as a male can do to combat that.” – Francesco Wengrod, CSW delegate

My CSW experience was invaluable because of the inspiration and motivation I received from not only foreign leaders who support gender equality, but also from the network of passionate young people who were so inclusive. The response I’ve received from my community about the CSW59 has been super positive and makes me even more proud to be a GLI delegate! – Lauren Rothschild, CSW delegate

It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  -Marie Murphy, CSW delegate

Check out our photo gallery below for past years of CSW:

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