For the first time, the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI) will participate and present at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 55) at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York City, February 21-March 4, 2011. CSW is a functional commission of the UN dedicated exclusively to gender equity and advancement of women, and is the principal global policy-making body. The CSW 55th Session is an annual discussion on the plight of women and girl children. Alliant’s Hufstedler School of Education (HSOE) serves as the host institution of the WCCI Secretariat. WCCI will be represented by Vincent Shieh of Taiwan, WCCI Immediate Past President; Karen Webb, HSOE Founding Dean; Betty Reardon, WCCI Coordinator of UN Representations; and Nicky de Leon, WCCI Intern and Youth Representative. Representatives of WCCI to the UN Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations, Estela Matriano, WCCI Executive Director and Carole Caparros, WCCI Executive Assistant, will not attend this year’s session and will remain at the Secretariat Office to provide necessary service.
WCCI will sponsor two panel presentations. The first, co-sponsored by the International Institute for Peace Education (IIPE), is entitled “Peace Education for the Girl Child, Scientific Competency for Gender Equality and Political Participation”. Vincent Shieh and Karen Webb will present and Betty Reardon will moderate the panel. The second, co-sponsored by the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) and the Foundation for Women’s Promotion and Development (FWPD), is entitled “Women and Education: Peace Education, Empowerment After Disaster and Beyond.” Karen Webb and Betty Reardon will present while Vincent Shieh will moderate. Youth Representative Nicky de Leon will be a participant in the discussions.