With the theme, “Empowered and Emboldened for Impact,” this year’s UNA-USA Global Engagement Summit was held on Feb. 17 in the General Assembly Hall at the UN headquarters in New York. The topics discussed at the summit included fortifying the US-UN relationship, delivery of humanitarian aid, protecting human rights, meeting sustainable development goals, and maintaining international peace and security.
As a civil society organization supporting and participating in UN NGO platforms, ESJF supports and works with the International Alliance of Women (IAW), USA-UNA, and NGO the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
On Feb. 10, Sung taught a class at Lowell High School in San Francisco on the topic of the impacts of civic engagement on local history. By examining the Osaka mayor terminating sister-city ties with San Francisco in 2018, students were engaged in the discussion, which highlighted the civic engagement in both Osaka and San Francisco. The discussion also covered the collective efforts to preserve the history of “comfort women,” advance women’s human rights, and counter all forms of sexual and gender-based violence.