Editor’s note – The South African delegation to the Status of Women Conference invites the metro community to attend a reception held TODAY (3/19/19, noon) at the Church Center for the United Nations, 777 UN Plaza at 44th Street.
BedStuy was the scene for a joyful and productive meeting between local activists and the South African delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63).
Sister Angela Weusi, owner of the FOR MY SWEET (FMS) event space welcomed our Azanian “cousins” on behalf of the African-American diaspora. Food, drink, music, and international solidarity were combined to create a memorable statement of support for women’s empowerment.
This was the third annual reception for the delegation, and possibly the last event at the historic space, one of central Brooklyn’s premier jazz venues/art galleries/meeting spaces. Sister Weusi announced that the property would be closed to facilitate an expansion, renovation, and revitalization.
Among the notables offering messages of solidarity were author/activist Rosemary Mealy (Fidel and Malcolm X), Delali Haligah of the UNIA, and December 12th Movement head Viola Plummer. In the audience were Kwame Braithwaite, the elder statesman of New York’s activist pan-Africans. He was a co-founder of the Patrice Lumumba Coalition, legendary photographer, and principal architect of the BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL movement. Sam Anderson, the education activist (Black Holocaust for Beginners) was also in attendance.
In addition to the social interactions, the evening included an international Q & A, where the South African sisters questioned their hosts about current political conditions and developments in the United States. They responded to audience questions about the situation in south Africa.
CSW was among the first institutions created by the UN. Its mission is to set standards, formulate international legal conventions, and foster international awareness of women’s issues. UN member states, NGO’s, and the Secretariat’s Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) participated in the Commission’s creation and growth
CSW63 will conclude on Friday.