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Each year, BPW members from all over the globe participate in the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) as well as the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) CSW New York parallel events -- which organizes the civil society side of UN CSW.

BPW Participates in CSW68 - MaRCH 11-22, 2024

BPW member are invited to attend the CSW68 Session virtually and in-person

DATE: MARCH 13TH, 2024

TIME: 2:30PM-4:00PM




The National Federation of Business and Professional Women and the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women are pleased to present this event on a very important issue for women. Period poverty is a global issue that affects millions worldwide and directly contributes to the global gender gap. Women and girls miss school and work due to lack of access to period products, which has a serious impact on the global economy. Countries have slowly begun to address the issue of period poverty through state sponsored programs to provide products and services to those in need. We will explore the successes and misses in various countries, hearing from representatives from these countries and get to the root of what is needed to tackle period poverty.


Monica Lennon

Monica Lennon is a Scottish Labour and Scottish Co-op MSP for Central Scotland. First elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2016, Monica’s parliamentary achievements include the ground-breaking Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act. A local councillor in South Lanarkshire Council before entering Holyrood, Monica is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and had a varied career as a chartered town planner.

Faustina Nillan

Ms. Faustina Nillan is the National Director for Women and Children in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) Headquarters. She coordinates the ELCT Gender Justice Program and her work focuses on empowering vulnerable groups specifically women and children who are marginalized and susceptible within the church and community at large. Her passion is capacity building to women and girls economically, politically, technologically, legally and socially to accomplish their desired dreams. She works collaboratively with the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Gender Justice and Women´s Empowerment.

Ms. Nillan also leads Task Force 5 on the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls, under the Act Forum Waking the Giant in Tanzania. She participated in the UN High Level Political forum and UNCSW. She is also the Global Steering Committee member of Side by Side Faith Movement for Gender Justice and the National coordinator of Side by Side Tanzania Chapter and she is the Advisor of Christian Council of Tanzania Women, Arusha Region.

Ms. Nillan is a Gender and Development personnel. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Gender and Development from the Institute of Community Development and is currently pursuing Masters of Arts in Gender Studies (MAGS) in Open University of Tanzania (OUT).

Agnes Tolmie

Agnes is Chair of the Scottish Women’s Convention and has been an active campaigner in the women's movement her entire life. These campaigns include equal pay and women's representation in political and public life.

Agnes was involved with a coalition of women in Scotland for the establishment of a Scottish Parliament and along with the STUC Women’s Committee campaigned for the 50/50 gender balance within the Parliament. She was an active anti-apartheid campaigner and visited South Africa with the first all women delegation, which was a joint ACTSA/STUC delegation.

Agnes is past Chair of the STUC Women’s Committee, Unite the Union Scotland Women’s Committee, UNI Global World Executive Board and their World Women’s Committee. Agnes is past President of the STUC, recipient of the STUC Women’s Meritorious Award and TUC Gold Badge for Service to Women. Agnes was also presented with Unite the Union Gold badge for ‘Service to Women and the wider Community.'


Register here if you would like to receive a link to the recorded video of the event, reminders, Zoom information for online participation, and additional information about this event.

If attending in person, please note that we do have the confirmed space and time as listed above. You can register for the NGO CSW68 Forum here:  We recommend that you download the Vfairs app on your phone so you can use that to track your schedule for Parallel Events. Link for Apple or Android: 

Additional parallel events hosted by ifbpw affiliates:

  • Navigating Trauma: Empowering Adolescent Girls in Conflict Zones, supported by NFBPWC

Mar 13, 2024 11:30 AM  in  Central Time (US and Canada)

Standing on the verge of adulthood, adolescent girls experiencing trauma bear unique challenges. Their self-perception not only shapes their own destinies, but their emotional influence will pass along to their own children. For girls growing up in conflict areas, healthy emotional support is essential before negative narratives gain a permanent hold that can affect generations to come.

Author Dina Fesler, a member of NFBPWC and the International Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (BPW), will share the impact of "My Great Story Diary," her powerful emotional wellness writing program helping girls transcend trauma in some of the world's most volatile regions. Learn how this program is making a difference and empowering girls to rewrite their own narratives in Afghanistan, Haiti, and Guatemala.

Originally embraced in American schools, this universally themed program has made a profound impact within communities of Afghan adolescent girls (now locked down at home) and is gaining momentum in Haiti, Guatemala, and soon South Africa. Despite adversity, girls using the program are demonstrating resilience, navigating complex emotions, and reimagining themselves as the heroes of their own stories.

Joining the presentation are two esteemed colleagues:

Lynn Thomas of Arenas for Change ( and Horses for Mental Health will illuminate the transformative power of story as a universal healing modality.

And Pashtana Durrani of LEARN AFGHAN ( will share firsthand accounts of how girls across Afghanistan using this program and reimagining themselves as the heroes of their own stories.

Emotionally healthy girls play a crucial role in advancing gender equality, creating a ripple effect that uplifts women and girls everywhere. Come discover how this universal toolkit can support girls that you care about too. [Supports SDGs 3, 4, & 5]

“This is a program where we can express our feelings, strengthen our spirits, and become resilient against any kind of event.”–Fatima; Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Zoom, register here:
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