63rd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Parallel Symposium

Women at the Frontier: Healing, Empowering, and Nurturing Mindful Leaders

The 63rd session of the United Nations (UN) Commission of the Status of Women from over 193 countries gathered thousands of community leaders, non-profit organization participants and activists to New York City to discuss issues pertaining to this year’s priority theme: social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

On 12 March 2019, Association for Trauma Outreach & Prevention (ATOP) Meaningfulworld was honored to present a parallel event, titled “Women at the Frontier: Healing, Empowering and Nurturing Mindful Leaders.” This parallel event took the form of a panel discussion with speakers whom have been promoting gender equality in different sectors. Each of the speakers shared their experiences and motivation as well as success stories to which their organizations have contributed.

The last panelist, Ms. Anyé Young, was only 17 years old and a graduating senior in high school. Young wrote a book last year, titled, Teen Guide to Living with Incarcerated Parents (#TGLWIP), and spoke about the absence of her father and the toll it took on her.

Young had both parents until she was nine years old, when her father, an African-American man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for stealing clothes. She revealed that before she wrote the book, she had abandoned all hope and faith, but putting pen to paper helped her to forgive her father for his decisions and provided healing by offering hope to other teens. Young is a passionate young woman who has turned hardship into healing and help for others, and she now speaks out against the mass incarceration crisis.

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