IAY volunteers attend UN Summit

On behalf of I AM YOU, long term volunteers Lisa Mulligan and Elizabeth 'Liz' Paturzo attended the “Summit on Refugees and Migrants” at the United Nations in New York City this past week.


Lisa and Liz highlighted I AM YOU’s efforts such as their work in children’s programming and education -- proudly representing the work of the entire I AM YOU team. Highlights of the week included:

- A meeting with panellists from Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee and Amnesty International about the urgent need to make safer routes for refugees fleeing persecution, ending the detention of children on migration routes and the importance of access to education.

- Leaders such as the Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, spoke on preventing counter terrorism through the importance of children's programming in conflict-zones.

- A high-level meeting which highlighted the importance of educating men to deter the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. Since implementing such programming, activist Dr. Luso from the Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen results such as more men agreeing that you can still marry a woman if she has been raped.


It benefits us greatly to participate in high-level talks on such important global matters. Thank you both for attending and representing I AM YOU!