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An Empowering Start at the UN

Jo Stewart-Rattray, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, FACS CP, board director of ISACA, chair of ISACA’s Women’s Leadership Council and director of information security and IT assurance at BRM Holdich
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Jo Stewart-RattrayEditor’s note: ISACA board director Jo Stewart-Rattray is providing onsite updates from her participation in the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which is taking place from 12-23 March at UN headquarters in New York.

On Day 1 of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), as I took my place on the floor of the UN General Assembly, the dream of a 7-year-old kid from the Australian bush was realized. So humbling, so exciting, so empowering.

Hearing the Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, telling us about his strong beliefs in gender equity and calling himself out as a proud feminist was incredibly powerful.

He also went on to say that “we need to take power, otherwise we will be living in a male-dominated world.” This, as you can imagine, received a huge round of applause.

During the day, I had the opportunity to socialize our SheLeadsTech program and to raise awareness of ISACA more generally with women from a number of countries. These conversations were enthusiastically received, and I look forward to continuing the dialogue.

ISACA board director Jo Stewart-Rattray (left) with the head of the Australia Delegation, Kelly O’Dwyer, Australia’s Minister for Women
ISACA board director Jo Stewart-Rattray (left) with the head of the Australia Delegation, Kelly O’Dwyer, Australia’s Minister for Women.

Day 2 has dawned. I threw back my curtains and was delighted to see it was snowing ... which for an Aussie in New York is a wonderous sight!

Ready for another extraordinary day!

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