UN CSW66 Takeaways from UNA Dane County Chapter

Active in the Madison area since the late 1940s, the UNA Dane County chapter has been dedicated to providing community education about the state of our world and critical issues before the United Nations. The chapter supports not only supports Model UN programs in their local high schools and universities but also advocates for peace and justice for all citizens of our world.


Despite the difficulty to connect during the pandemic, UNA Dane County still strived to meet monthly to keep its membership informed with the critical UN statements, leadership opportunities, and a variety of upcoming programs.


During the sixty-sixth session of the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW66) March 14-25 this year, Stephanie Backman and Mary Rathbun, two of the chapter board members, served as UNA-USA Representatives to CSW66 virtually. The priority theme of the CSW66 is “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes.”


Mary Rathbun, a two-time delegate, and Stephanie Beckman, a first-time delegate, actively engaged with fellow representatives on the UNA Forum during the 2 weeks and reflected on their experience and shared their takeaways with their chapter members in April.


Check out the chapter’s CSW Follow-up program below: