I was incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to go to CSW61, I was accredited by Widow’s Right’s International and it’s thanks to them and the kind invitation of NAWO that I was able to attend. I enjoyed going to panel events, my favourite of which was entitled ‘Pimping in Black and Indigenous Communities’. With an emerging theme of Rural/Indigenous Women, I particularly enjoyed the great deal of learning on the on-going struggle of Indigenous women in Latin America and Canada. I spoke at a NAWO-run event hosted by the UK mission:’Youth Voices on Economic Empowerment’; my speech was on the implementation of SDG1 for Young Women and Girls. Speeches from representatives for WAGGS and the Justina Mutale Foundation offered insight into empowerment for youth in Scotland and Africa. I have developed a heightened awareness of the number of issues facing the movement for Women’s equality, and have developed oratory skills and confidence that will be an asset to my personal and professional life.