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CCWESTT Represented at UN Commission on the Status of Women


CCWESTT’s president is serving as part of the Canadian Delegation at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNSCW) March 6-17, 2023 in New York. 

Dr. Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko was selected to join Canada’s official delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW67). As a civil society member of the delegation, Larissa is providing input and expertise on this year’s priority theme: Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women in girls.

She is also connecting with others from across Canada and around the world, representing both CCWESTT and CAGIS, in addition to communicating the work of UNCSW67 through both of these networks.

What has Larissa been doing so far?

Utilizing her 30+ years of experience in gender equality, with a particular focus on issues relating to gender equity in SETT, Larissa has been providing feedback on the Canadian position on the CSW67 agreed conclusions. She is providing input on evidence-based issues that concern CCWESTT members around gender equity in science, engineering, trades and technology. As topics related to skilled trades issues have been underrepresented in past UN Commissions, Larissa has been a strong advocate to incorporate more language around the need for change in skilled trades to better support gender equity.

Key thematic issues

The key thematic and institutional issues to be discussed at UNCSW67 include innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

These themes are particularly pertinent to CCWESTT’s mission. Larissa, CAGIS, and CCWESTT have extensive expertise in these issues and are well-positioned to be part of these discussions. Dr. Vingilis-Jaremko received her PhD from McMaster University’s Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour, with expertise that encompasses cognitive development and best practices for learning in children and adults. She has extensive teaching experience from K-12 to postsecondary, and 30 years of experience engaging girls and gender minority youth in SETT.

You can read more about the work the Commission will be undertaking, here You’ll find details of the organization of work, draft Agreed Conclusions, and a list of side events.

What Larissa will be doing?

Larissa will be participating in the Commission for the entire two weeks from March 6 – 17, 2023. She has a busy schedule of regular briefings with the Canadian delegation, side events, and receptions. She will continue to inform the Canadian position on the UN Commission agreed conclusions based on her evidence-based expertise, and will be communicating back key activities and discussions to the CCWESTT community.

There has been a communications embargo leading up to the UN Commission. As a result, Larissa has not been able to engage the CCWESTT community in providing feedback on the agreed conclusions prior to the event starting. Watch for additional communications if an opportunity to provide feedback arises.

Stay tuned to our social media channels for updates from Larissa’s time at the UN.