Last year, 6 previous PeacemakeHer campers had the opportunity to attend the 2016 United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60). Here is the article written in Metro News about the trip;
Ideas about food security and sustainability from the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) will be coming back to Halifax.
Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace (NSVOW) is sending six younger delegates and a few long-time members of the group to the 60th commission in New York from March 13-24, with the theme of women’s empowerment related to sustainability.
“I’m feeling really excited,” delegate Erica Fraser, 26, said on Thursday.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do in building community and increasing our resilience as a province, and I think that young women have really, really … strong position in that.”
Fraser said the NSVOW peace camp in Pugwash she attended last summer helped inspire and inform her about the UN conference, and she became interested in connecting with women globally about sustainability and what is already working in different countries.
As a biologist, craft brewery employee and community facilitator in Halifax’s north end, Fraser said she’s especially interested in picking up ideas on grassroots movements related to food and farming that could work here.
Part of Fraser’s job is working with Halifax’s mobile food market project and a community garden, and she said there’s lots of potential in connecting with others to gather inspiration from similar projects.
“I think women have a really, really strong position in bringing basically higher levels of food security to communities,” Fraser said.
“All we have to do is reach out.”
The rest of the delegation will likely be looking into different areas, Fraser added, so she’s looking forward to diversifying and coming back with a variety of new skills and knowledge.