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UN Member-States Focused on Empowering Rural Women and Girls

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.

The last couple of days at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) have been spectacular. There have been ministerial roundtables, the delivery of member-state statements and a range of wonderful side events.

The statements provide the opportunity for member-states to present their position on the 62nd Session theme, which is the empowerment of rural women and girls through the use of technology.

Usually the delegation’s head, ambassadors and commissioners would be at the country’s desk in the General Assembly to deliver this statement. I was unbelievably honored and humbled when Minister O’Dwyer, our Head of Delegation, asked me to join this esteemed group at the Australia desk!

Today, we commence negotiating all of the 193 member-states’ positions into a set of agreed-upon conclusions for the roadmap of how the world will move forward to ensure the empowerment of rural women and girls. Members of our delegation, including me, will work with our chief negotiator to make sure that Australia’s position is written into that final roadmap document.

Jo at the UN

I spent the morning at the Australian Mission to the UN for briefings regarding the negotiations and the plays required around them ... absolutely fascinating.

Probably, from an ISACA perspective, the most exciting thing that has happened occurred at a reception last night. A woman approached me and asked me how she could find about this SheLeadsTech program that she’d heard about! Seems my unabashed promotion of our program is working.


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