Reflections on CSW59/Beijing +20: Lauren

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When the WomanStats Project first started to plan the CSW59/Beijing +20, I will admit that I was the most skeptical about our participation. We had never participated in something of this magnitude before, and I did not know how we were going to be able to pull it off. In my mind, our plan was outrageous and complicated! We were going to send a team of 22 students, two senior associates, and one professor to the United Nations to gather data on issues such as patrilocality, bride price/dowry, forced marriage, and polygyny. Not only were we planning on attending some of the events planned by participating NGOs, but we were going to try to schedule interviews with delegates, heads of permanent missions, and country representatives. And we did not stop there. We planned on training people to use the database when possible, giving data to those headed into important discussions…

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