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Voices Against Violence: Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls Through Education
Mar 12, 2015 - Zonta International and the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations in New York joined UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri and WAGGGS delegates for an interactive discussion and demonstration of the Voices Against Violence curriculum. Zonta International President Maria Jose Landeira Oestergaard joins the panel of this CSW59 side event.
Click to watch on webtv.un.org 
Elimination of Harmful Practices against Women and Girls by 2030 CSW59 Side Event 12 Mar 2015 - What are the linkages, dynamics and drivers of son preference and prenatal sex selection, female genital mutilation and child, early and forced marriage? Zonta International President-Elect Sonja Höning Schough joins the panel of this CSW59 side event co-hosted by the governments of Norway, Niger and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. ​ Click to watch on webtv.un.org | Video
United Nations Commision on the Status of Women
Of the more than 4,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with consultative status at the United Nations, only 146 have achieved General Consultative Status, the highest status an NGO can have at the UN. Zonta International was granted General Consultative Status in 1969.
As an NGO with General Consultative Status, Zonta International is invited to participate in the annual Commission on the Status of Women in New York. The Commission on the Status of Women is:
	A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)  	The principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowernment of women.
Established by resolution on 21 June 1946 to monitor and promote women’s rights and develop global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women; mandate expanded in 1996 to include monitoring and reviewing progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
CSW59: 9-20 March 2015
When:
9-20 March 2015
Where:
 New York, City, NY, USA
Main Focus:
: Post-2015 Agenda and Beijing+20
Why Now:
     The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015.  Member      States and civil society organizations, including Zonta, are working on      the preparation of a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
NGO Participation: 
During the two weeks the Commission meets, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women in New York will spearhead the NGO CSW Forum.  As part of the Forum, NGOs from all over the world will come together to present parallel events focused on women’s human rights and gender equality.
Empowering Women Through Education |
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Zonta International President Maria Jose Landiera Oestergaard’s Presentations
Prevention of Violence Against Women
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Zontians at the Today Show