Last evening, Mater Dei Prep Global Institute freshmen students, Mia Rodriguez, Cathrine Volk, and Abigail O’Sullivan had the privilege to attend the United Nations Commission on The Status of Women CSW65 as Advocate Delegates for UN NGO Pathways To Peace. The meeting addressed “Ensuring Inclusive Leadership in Politics and the Media” and was largely presented by the National Democratic Institute and the New York Women in Film and Television. Featured speakers were H.E. Hanna Tetteh - UN Secretary-General Special Representative of the African Union, Natasha Del Toro - Host of PBS “America Reframed” and Shelia Nevins - Executive Producer for MTV Documentary Films.One, of many, quotes that stood out to the students was, “Perception creates culture, culture creates legislation …. It’s powerful but dangerous,” from Taya Sarache. The way different people are portrayed in media affects how they are viewed and treated in real life. While most of the time it is dangerous and toxic, when harnessed, it can be used to make a positive change. If we give people the ability to tell their stories and shape their struggles, we can change how they are seen and treated for the better.
The student participants enjoyed and learned immensely from this impactful panel and expressed that they are grateful for the opportunity to attend as UN Delegates representing The Mater Dei Prep Global Institute and Pathways To Peace.