LEFSA at the United Nations
LEFSA is a member of NGO Working Group to End Homelessness, which works with the United Nations to advocate for policy changes on a local and global scale.
The United Nations is currently conducting the 57th session of the Commission for Social Development: Addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies.
On February 11, 2019 LEFSA participated in a panel titled “Homelessness: A Prominent Sign of Social Inequality.” Iris Bailey, a LEFSA community member, was asked to be on the panel and to talk about her personal experience of homelessness, and about the social and systemic inequalities she experienced. We are very grateful to Iris for participating and sharing her story.
The event was sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, NGO Working Group to End Homelessness, and the Institute for Global Homelessness. Other panelists included: Mr. Brian Flynn, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland; Ms. Karinna Soto Abarca, Government of Chile; Ms. Julieta Perucca, Senior Aide to the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing; and Ms. Nan Roman, President of the US National Alliance to End Homelessness. The panel was moderated by Catherine Prendergast, NGO representative of the Daughters of Charity.