Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 2, 2009

The Department of State is pleased to announce the delegation to the fifty-third session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Meryl Frank, Mayor of Highland Park, New Jersey, will be the U.S. Representative to the CSW. In addition to State and USAID officers responsible for women’s issues, Mayor Frank will be accompanied by four public delegates:

  • Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement at Ernst & Young
  • Ellen Chesler, Ph.D. and Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Initiative on Women and Public Policy at Roosevelt House
  • Felice Gaer, Director of the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights of the American Jewish Committee
  • Judy Gold, a partner at the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP

The U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan E. Rice, will also be participating in CSW, providing Cabinet-rank representation.

The session will take place in New York at the UN General Assembly building from March 2 through March 13. This year’s priority theme is “The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS.”

The Commission on the Status of Women is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide. The Commission was established by ECOSOC on June 21, 1946.

For additional biographic information about the U.S. delegation, please call the Department of State Press Office on 202-647-2492.

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PRN: 2009/183