This post is part of a series on the 54th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Click on a link to read further.
The first global debrief happened Monday morning at the Salvation Army on 52nd Street here in New York. A panel of four women from the UN Division for the Advancement of Women address the civil society every morning at 8:45-9:30.
I didn’t envy the UNDAW representatives. Many of the women waited up to 8 hours through long lines to register. No one that I know of was able to make it through the lines in less than 3 hours, and people waiting were not able to sit. A lot of the women at the debrief were extremely angry at the long lines, lack of seating, and general lack of organization of the 54th UNCSW.
Because this UNCSW marks such an important anniversary there are more than 8,000 women here to take part. This is more than double the participation rates of earlier years, and UN renovations have exacerbated the capacity problems by limiting space and by complicating the needs of UN Security.