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"Women are not the problem. Women are the solution."
Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women’s Executive Director, reminded those gathered for Ecumenical Women at the United Nations orientation for the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women of this reality.
She went on to note that "You cannot end poverty without empowering women." Her presentation focused on the theme of the Commission: "Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls."
Noting the connection between ending violence against women and girls and achieving empowerment and development of women and girls, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka spole about the new campaign launched yesterday on the theme “HeForShe”. This campaign for gender equality and the empowerment of women invites men and boys to voice their support for women's rights. Matt Damon, Antonio Banderas, and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu are among the men who have helped launch the campaign.
The Presbyterian delegation to the Commission works with our ecumenical partners to advocate for the rights of girls and women of all ages during the meeting of the Commission.
We join Ecumenical Women in thanking Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka for her presentation today and in wishing her well in her work. We also thank Dustin Wright of Ecumenical Women at the United Nations for the video
Originally posted by the World Communion of Reformed Churches by Anna Krueger
Dora Arce Valentín, the World Communion of Reformed Churches’ executive secretary for justice and partnership, will join a delegation from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that will advocate for gender equity with the 58th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. This Commission is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women.
Arce Valentín will serve on a panel ...
The 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will meet from March 10 – 21, 2014 in New York. This functional commission will make recommendations on “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.” Sources of information about the Commission include:
Advocacy Training Weekend 2014
Many types of violence afflict our world. Come to the Advocacy Training Weekend to address the causes of that violence and to seek hopeful solutions. Training will kickoff March 21, 2014 with Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day for Presbyterians. Learning will continue with our ecumenical sisters and brothers during Ecumenical Advocacy Days the remainder of the weekend.
"Through prayer, worship, speakers, and advocacy training we will discover a faith-based vision for national policies that “guide our feet into the path of peace” (Luke 1:79), all culminating with Monday’s Congressional Lobby Day on Capitol ...
As we have watched events unfold in Venezuela, we are grateful for the witness of our sisters and brothers in the Presbyterian Church of Venezuela and to Sarah Henken, Regional Liaison for the Andean Region with Presbyterian World Mission for sharing information from our partners and reflections on the situation.
“We call on our fellow citizens to avoid sinking into an absurd fratricidal confrontation that benefits no one.”
Central Presbytery (of the Presbyterian Church of Venezuela) issued these stark words this week in a letter to their compatriots. Venezuela has made the news even in the United States ...