Sister Neill F. Marriott, second counselor in the general presidency of the Young Womenorganization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke on a panel at the United Nations 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on March 24, 2016, in New York City.

Her panel, titled “Fostering World Leadership in Young Women Starting with the Role of the Mother,” showed how different sectors of society can support the role of mothers and help young girls achieve their full potential. Speaking on religion’s role in this process, Sister Marriott showed how religion at large, and the Church’s Young Women programs in particular, instill in young women self-worth, value, confidence to stand firm in their beliefs and the ability to spread that confidence to their daughters.

She also discussed how strong families lead to strong communities, cities and nations and a stronger world. Other panelists focused on humanitarian aid, community activism and the daughter’s perspective. One hundred people attended the panel, representing nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from around the globe.