Stacey Wright of Yes All Daughters has been elected as a UNA-USA Delegate to the United Nations 59th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59).
Her commitment to the international organization comes months after helping her niece, Norman High senior Danielle Brown, launch a protest against the handling of reported bullying of alleged rape victims at the school. The campaign went viral within weeks, and on Nov. 24, hundreds of Norman High students walked out of class in peaceful demonstration.
“I wouldn’t believe it if I wasn’t living it,” said Wright, a Norman resident. “It’s been so big, and I think we (Yes All Daughters) all feel that way— just a little bit in awe of the momentum and the fact that we’re seeing action... I think we’re in awe daily.”
The CSW59 will convene at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City from March 9-20. The CSW gathers each year to determine and implement goals for gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide. Wright will attend the second week of the conference from March 16-20.
Though she has not yet received an agenda for the commission, Wright said she is looking forward to networking with other delegates to promote advocacy for sexual assault victims in Oklahoma.
“I was thinking how counter-intuitive it is that the easy part was going viral and making international,” she said, “and now, all the real work begins.”
Some of that work includes legislation focused on sexual assault prevention methods in schools. One month ago, Rep. Claudia Griffith, (Dist. 45)introduced House Bill 1362, which amends the Safe School Comm legislation to include “adding duty to develop a rape or sexual assault response program for students and school staff; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.”
“We’re hoping to get it heard in the common education committee, which is the first step,” Wright said of the bill. “As of right now, it is not on the agenda. The tough work is getting it heard.”