Event Date: Friday, March 16: 

The American Pakistan Foundation, FESF, and Deaf Reach are serving as partners for a United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Session side event:

Take on the Real Challenge of SDGs with the Man Up Campaign

March 16,  9 AM - 1 PM
SUNY Global Center:   116 East 55 Street (Bet. Park and Lex.)
New York City

Free and open to the public.   Registration is required.
All ages and backgrounds are welcome.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.  The CSW is instrumental in promoting women's rights, documenting the reality of women's lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

This event is a call to action for youth to launch a series of regional summits. These youth-initiated national and community dialogues will focus work and formulate policies, plans, and projects at the national level to support community action and work on the SDGs - Sustainable Development Goals. We hope all nations will then be able to report positive results at the annual United Nations High-Level Political Forums on Sustainable Development Goals.

The Man Up Campaign will share their narrative and tools to support this movement.   The campaign aims to engage and mobilize youth to achieve the SDGs.


Aleeza Ali is a George Mason Peace Building Fellow at the American Pakistan Foundation.  She is also a Global Affairs and Conflict Resolution degree candidate at George Mason University. Her interests include humanitarian aid and relief, media, and culture.  She has previously interned at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, and has volunteered with Amnesty International and UNICEF. She is involved with social outreach among non-profit organizations and youth groups in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.


FESF invests in educational development and provides innovative training programs, developmental tools and services to enable recipients to gain competency and self-sufficiency. The Deaf Reach program is FESF's pioneering effort to empower the Deaf community of Pakistan through education, skills training and career development. Learn more:  http://www.fesf.org.pk/about/

There are a range of  free and open to the public  CSW side events from now until March 23.  You can tune in at webtv.un.org to watch many of the events if you are unable to attend in person.  APF is planning on attending the following event after the one noted above:

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, UNICEF Innovation/U-Report
March 16     3:30 - 5:00 PM

Westin Grand Central Hotel/Embassy Room
212 East 42nd Street, New York City
Free and open to the public.

RSVP:  Kelsey.Fitzgerald@wagggs.org by March 15

The full schedule of CSW side events is available by  clicking here.
Please RSVP when possible and note that UNHQ events require advance
security approval for a temporary pass.

Many of the events allow for virtual participation via UN TV,
tune in here:  webtv.un.org

Please share this participation opportunity with
your friends, family, and colleagues!