The International Sorority of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated celebrated its Fourteenth Annual Delta Day at the United Nations recently in conjunction with the International United Nations Commission on the Status of Women's Conference.
The theme for the 2017 Conference was "Protecting and Empowering Women to Succeed in the Changing World of Work". Ms. Patience Stephens, Educational Advisor for UN Women, framed the issue dramatically for the dynamic panel discussion and briefing held in the ECOSOcC Chambers of the UN from 9:00am-12:00 noon.
Panelists included Reverend Itang Young, Assistant Pastor at the Abyssinian Baptist Church. She shared information on how she as the Executive Director of the ABY Ethiopian Funds was educating and training Ethiopian women and girls on how to market and sell their coffee. Her Pastor, Rev Calvin O. Butts III initiated and supported this effort over the past five years. He attended the briefing and met with the National President, Dr. Paulette Walker and members of her Executive Counsel to discuss and explore other possibilities for partnership between the Sorority and the ABY Fund.
The keynote speaker for over 200 attending Deltas from across the country transitioned to the Delegates Dining room where they heard the First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray share information on the Mental Issues Women face in the Changing World of Work. She also shared information about her new initiative THRIVENYC which is the first Mental Health Program in the United States to offer support to communities and individuals who are suffering from mental illness.
This program was sponsored by the Jamaican Mission to the United Nations and the Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Courtenay Rattray who joined Mr. Vincent HoSang, President and CEO of Caribbean Foods Delight as he was honored for his support of community involvement and International Affairs. Mr. HoSang is a Chinese, Jamaican immigrant who came to this country in the 1930's and built a business that produces thousands of patties and other food items everyday. Mr. HoSang sits on several Boards and is the President of his own Foundation. His daughter Sabrina is now the CEO of his company.
New York City First Lady, Mrs. Chirlane McCray was joined by the Ambassador as she received a Special Award from the Sorority for her initiatives in bringing Mental Health services to the community.