Through AAUW’s special consultative status with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, we attend briefings, organize events, and participate in coalitions to take action on issues that impact girls and women: access to education and training, women’s economic security, opportunities in STEM, ending human trafficking and working with Commission on the Status of Women.
AAUW International Impact
We work to advance equality for women across the globe. Barriers still keep education, security and economic vitality out of reach for millions. Support and access to resources, education, health care and job opportunities are essential to give women pathways to thrive.
AAUW has awarded fellowships to more than 3,500 women in more than 150 countries.
We also work closely with the United Nations and U.S. Department of State to improve the status of women throughout the world.
AAUW Special Consultative Status with U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs
AAUW UN Representatives
Gloria L. Blackwell, AAUW UN Main Representative and Senior Vice President of Fellowships and Programs
Before joining AAUW in 2004 she was the director of Africa education programs at the Institute of International Education (IIE) managing multiple girls’ education programs in sub-Saharan Africa. She also managed fellowships programs during her decade at IIE and has held positions as a Peace Corps staff member and volunteer in Africa. She holds a master’s degree in education and human development from George Washington University, a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Georgetown University, and studied at the American University of Paris. Gloria is committed to supporting opportunities and advancement for women and girls globally. Follow @AAUWGloriaB on Twitter.
Raina Mckoen, AAUW United Nations Youth Representative
Raina Mckoen is a junior at Lehigh University majoring in international relations as well as french and francophone studies. She has been an AAUW UN Youth Representative since 2018. Raina has traveled to the United Nations to attend and participate in many thought-provoking conferences centered around equality and women’s rights, made valuable connections with UN officials and affiliates and grown professionally and personally. At Lehigh, she is a resident assistant for first-year residence halls and a part of the cheerleading team.
Lana Butorovic, AAUW United Nations Youth Representative
Lana Butorovic is a sophomore at Lehigh University studying finance, information systems and global citizenship. She is originally from Montenegro, a small Mediterranean nation and gender equity and education are not just her interests, but academic and personal passions. For example, on campus she promotes climate change mitigation efforts through Lehigh’s Ecological Representative program and serves as the project manager of an international consulting group TAMID. Lana aims to advocate for women at Lehigh and globally through the United Nations.
Our United Nations Affiliations
AAUW has special consultative status with ECOSOC, which initiates reports, makes recommendations, and promotes respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the UN body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. It is key in promoting women’s rights, providing data on the status of women’s lives around the world, and implementing strategies on gender equality and the empowerment of women. Every year AAUW attends this two-week convening of member states, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited nongovernmental organizations from all regions of the world.
For two weeks in March, the UN turns the focus of the United Nations toward gender-related issues worldwide. At the same time, civil society is given the opportunity to participate in the NGO (nongovernmental organization) CSW Forum. Joining thousands of women representing more than 100 nations, AAUW UN representatives, staff, and members present AAUW research and programs that help girls and women advance throughout the world.
The Civil Society Unit is within the Outreach Division in the United Nations Department of Global Communications (DGC). In the current public health emergency, the UN needs the help of civil society to disseminate accurate information and counter stigma and myths.
This department works to advance the global agenda on women’s rights, gender equality, and the empowerment of women and to ensure that women’s voices are heard in international policy arenas.
CoNGO is an independent, international, and nonprofit membership association of nongovernmental organizations whose objective is to secure, safeguard, and facilitate the participation and consultative relationships of NGOs in United Nations decision making, conferences, and debates.
AAUW participates in working groups at the United Nations, including the Working Group on Girls.
International Visitor Leadership Program
AAUW partners with and regularly hosts groups from the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.
Good Global Citizens
Global competence helps all of us to be better citizens who understand global issues and their implication to the world we want our children to inherit.