WNBA and UN Youth Representative Opportunity

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Women’s National Book Association United Nations (UN) Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Youth Outreach

To support an increase in youth participation at the United Nations (UN), the DPI/NGO Relations Section now offers several new opportunities for young people to get involved. Beginning Fall 2011, two youth representatives (18 to 32 years old) have been added to each official NGO-accredited representation. They can attend weekly NGO Briefings and Communications Workshops, partake in the UN DPI/NGO Annual Conference, and other meetings, briefings, and conferences.

For more information, visit http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations.

The Women’s National Book Association is looking to Pace University’s MS in Publishing program to fill one of these positions commencing January 2017 through December 2017. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning more about NGOs to gain experience at the UN, as well as a wonderful resume building opportunity.

The designated Youth Representative will be under the supervision of the UN DPI/NGO main representative (Jill A.Tardiff). This position requires a commitment to the motivations of the Association and the UN, as well as excellent organizational skills, self-motivation, and the ability to work well with minimum direct supervision. The main representative and/or NY-based alternate representative will meet with the intern in person intermittently, and will be available by phone and e-mail. Attendance at monthly WNBA-NYC board meetings is highly recommended. The Youth Representative will receive a membership in the Association (for the duration of the assignment) complete with all related benefits.

Duration: January 1 thru December 31, 2017 (pending approval, DPI/NGO 2016 Annual Review)

Overall duties:

  • Work with the UN DPI/NGO Main Representative and two Alternates on achieving the Association’s mandate “… to support and respect the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and to disseminate information and news about the U.N. in our capacity (advocacy) as a non-consultative non-governmental organization (NGO)” and to actively plan and participate in UN and UN agency (namely US Fund for UNICEF) programmes and activities.
  • Attend at least one weekly briefing (Thursdays, 10A-12P) per month, provide report.
  • Attend the DPI/NGO Orientation Programme and/or Communications Workshop, provide report.
  • Attend the annual DPI/NGO Conference (usually held in September) when said event is held at the UN HQ.
  • Write one article per calendar year (topic TBD) for The Bookwoman, national publication of the Women’s National Book Association.
  • Write one article (every other issue) for The New York Bookwoman, WNBA-NYC chapter publication.
  • Contribute to the annual WNBA DPI/NGO report (June).
  • Contribute to the UN DPI/NGO Youth Blog.
  • Other duties to be determined.

Application deadline: Letter of intention with writing sample (non-fiction, 350-500 words) to be sent on/before November 18, 2016.

Contact: Please send your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in this position to Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

UN

500 Days of Action for the Millennium Development Goals: An Interactive Conversation Between UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Malala Yousafzai

Dena Mekawi is a current Publishing graduate student at Pace University, and also holds the position of Youth Representative for the Women’s National Book Association. This article was included in the WNBA’s October Newsletter. 

One of the most memorable conferences I attended as a Youth Representative was on August 18, 2014, with special guest Malala Yousafzai. Secretary general of the United Nations, Bank Ki-moon, and education advocate and co-founder of the Malala Fund, Malala Yousafzai joined the audience for an interactive conversation about the Millennium Development Goals. Questions were asked from young people about how we can all play a part to achieve the MDGs, from boosting education, eliminating poverty and hunger, empowering women and girls to protect the environment, improving maternal health, and combating infectious diseases. Amy Robach moderated the discussion, news anchor with ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA).

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 2.22.23 PMMalala spoke out again a year after her first speech at the United Nations, where she shared her near death experience being shot by the Taliban. This year she is back sharing her story on how she never gave up on her beliefs on education, and she wishes every child the same opportunity. First way to do this is to advocate to our community, she demands that we need to make sure every child is going to school, also to do work on the ground and overseas. She discusses how Malala Fund is slowly making a difference worldwide. Malala says that education has brought change to the community; she encourages everyone to change the concept of bravery. Before Malala was abducted she had a passion for learning and was campaigning for education rights. Malala says, “If a girl isn’t getting an education, I can see her future getting married at the age of 13- 14, and that’s all her life, she would never realize that yes she’s a human being and has an identity, and she should be accepted in society, and she should be treated with equal rights. She would never know these things without education.” Malala explains that from her experiences, that a child doesn’t want anything but just a pen and a book.

Amy Robach asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon how the crisis worldwide would impact the MDG goals. Secretary General explains how we are seeing many dedicated committed young leaders like Malala and like everyone else. Secretary General says, “One may think I’m just a young girl or young boy, I don’t have any power, but each one of you can make a difference. You are the rear voices; we must walk with the young people.” Malala states, “The strength of a woman does not depend on her physical strength but rather on her skills and education.” Malala explains how we need to believe in the power of our voices, and her message is to highlight the issues and address them.

As a student living in New York, I do feel lucky to have access to education. However after witnessing Malala’s struggle and hearing her fight for educational rights, allowed me to really reflect on all the things we might take for granted. We need to translate our blessings into advocacy for youth and women worldwide that are waking up everyday praying for quality education, clean water, ending of violence against women, gender equality and every other human rights that they should be living by. We need to take control of our society and use our voices to represent millions globally, we need to use social media to start movements and implement change day by day. I do see a brighter future; because of the strong young leaders that are taking control I hope to see more girls like Malala fighting for what they believe.

logo_wnbaAs the current UN DPI/NGO Youth Representative for the Women’s National Book Association, not only did I have the privilege to attend this moving and inspirational discussion, I was given the opportunity to take a picture with Malala, and shared a moment with her that was memorable, and one that I will truly cherish forever. This young girl is living proof that every single person with a powerful story, and with a strong belief can make a difference. We need to stand up for what we believe, and keep fighting towards equality and women’s rights.

 

The United Nations Live & On-Demand

I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb (Little, Brown and Company, 2013)

Shelf Awareness Children’s Review: Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan

Become a Youth Representative to the UN for the WNBA!

Women’s National Book Association
UN Department of Public Information/Non-governmental Organization
Youth Outreach

*Application Deadline Extended*

To support an increase in youth participation at the UN, the DPI/NGO Relations Section now offers several new opportunities for young people to get involved. Beginning last fall (2011), two youth representatives (18 to 24 years old) have been added to each official NGO-accredited representation. They can attend weekly NGO Briefings and Communications Workshops, partake in the UN DPI/NGO Annual Conference, and become a member of the DPI/NGO Conference Planning Committee.

For more information, visit http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations.

The Women’s National Book Association is looking to Pace University’s MS in Publishing program to fill one of these positions for the 2012/2013 academic year. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning more about NGOs to gain experience at the UN, as well as a wonderful resume building opportunity.

The designated Youth Representative will be under the supervision of the UN DPI/NGO main representative (Jill A. Tardiff). This position requires a commitment to the motivations of the Association and the UN, as well as excellent organizational skills, self-motivation, and the ability to work well with minimum direct supervision. The main representative and/or NY-based alternate representative will meet with the intern in person intermittently, and will be available by phone and e-mail. Attendance at monthly WNBA-NYC board meetings is highly recommended. The Youth Representative will receive a membership in the Association (for the duration of the assignment) complete with all related benefits.

Duration:

October 1 thru December 31, 2012 (or asap); January 1 thru December 31, 2013 (pending approval, DPI/NGO 2012 Annual Review).

Overall duties:

  • Work with the UN DPI/NGO Main Representative and two Alternates on achieving the Association’s mandate “… to support and respect the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and to disseminate information and news about the U.N. in our capacity (advocacy) as a non-consultative non-governmental organization (NGO)” and to actively plan and particpate in UN and UN agency (namely US Fund for UNICEF) programmes and activities.
  • Attend at least one weekly briefing (Thursdays, 10A-12P) per month, provide report.
  • Attend the DPI/NGO Orientation Programme and/or Communications Workshop, provide report.
  • Attend the annual DPI/NGO Conference (usually held in September) when said event is held at the UN HQ. (Please note, there will be no Conference in 2012.)
  • Write one article per calendar year (topic TBD) for The Bookwoman, national publication of the Women’s National Book Association.
  • Write one article (every other issue) for The New York Bookwoman, WNBA-NYC chapter publication.
  • Contribute to the annual WNBA DPI/NGO report (June).
  • Contribute to the UN DPI/NGO Youth Blog.
  • Other duties to be determined.

Application Deadline Extended:

Letter of intention with writing sample (non-fiction, 350-500 words) to be sent on/before Monday, September 24, 2012

Contact:

Please send your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in this position to Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

Become a Youth Representative to the UN for the WNBA!

Women’s National Book Association
UN Department of Public Information/Non-governmental Organization
Youth Outreach

To support an increase in youth participation at the UN, the DPI/NGO Relations Section now offers several new opportunities for young people to get involved. Beginning last fall (2011), two youth representatives (18 to 24 years old) have been added to each official NGO-accredited representation. They can attend weekly NGO Briefings and Communications Workshops, partake in the UN DPI/NGO Annual Conference, and become a member of the DPI/NGO Conference Planning Committee.

For more information, visit http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations.

The Women’s National Book Association is looking to Pace University’s MS in Publishing program to fill one of these positions for the 2012/2013 academic year. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning more about NGOs to gain experience at the UN, as well as a wonderful resume building opportunity.

The designated Youth Representative will be under the supervision of the UN DPI/NGO main representative (Jill A. Tardiff). This position requires a commitment to the motivations of the Association and the UN, as well as excellent organizational skills, self-motivation, and the ability to work well with minimum direct supervision. The main representative and/or NY-based alternate representative will meet with the intern in person intermittently, and will be available by phone and e-mail. Attendance at monthly WNBA-NYC board meetings is highly recommended. The Youth Representative will receive a membership in the Association (for the duration of the assignment) complete with all related benefits.

Duration:

October 1 thru December 31, 2012 (or asap); January 1 thru December 31, 2013 (pending approval, DPI/NGO 2012 Annual Review).

Overall duties:

  • Work with the UN DPI/NGO Main Representative and two Alternates on achieving the Association’s mandate “… to support and respect the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and to disseminate information and news about the U.N. in our capacity (advocacy) as a non-consultative non-governmental organization (NGO)” and to actively plan and particpate in UN and UN agency (namely US Fund for UNICEF) programmes and activities.
  • Attend at least one weekly briefing (Thursdays, 10A-12P) per month, provide report.
  • Attend the DPI/NGO Orientation Programme and/or Communications Workshop, provide report.
  • Attend the annual DPI/NGO Conference (usually held in September) when said event is held at the UN HQ. (Please note, there will be no Conference in 2012.)
  • Write one article per calendar year (topic TBD) for The Bookwoman, national publication of the Women’s National Book Association.
  • Write one article (every other issue) for The New York Bookwoman, WNBA-NYC chapter publication.
  • Contribute to the annual WNBA DPI/NGO report (June).
  • Contribute to the UN DPI/NGO Youth Blog.
  • Other duties to be determined.

Application deadline:

Letter of intention with writing sample (non-fiction, 350-500 words) to be sent on/before Monday, September 10, 2012.

Contact:

Please send your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in this position to Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.