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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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February 29, 2012

Extra-Judicial Killings and Human Rights Violations in the Philippines

From our church partners, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP).

28 February 2012

Motion to Dismiss Denied:  
Court Orders Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to Answer United Church of Christ in the Philippines(UCCP) on Extra-Judicial Killings and Human Rights Violations

On June 16, 2011, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines through its General Secretary Reuel Norman O. Marigza along with 5 families representing victims of extra-judicial killing and surviving victim of abduction, torture and illegal detention Pastor Berlin Guerrero filed a legal suit against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for her responsibility in human rights violations.   Arroyo’s ...


February 27, 2012

Demands

Reconciliation demands justice.

Justice demands repentance.

Repentance demands restitution.

Restitution demands mercy.

From the reflection by Irma Rodriguez-Leon during the Ecumenical Women worship service led this morning by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran World Federation.


February 27, 2012

Closing song from Monday morning worship

Ecumenical Women's worship this morning was led by the Lutheran World Federation and the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Here's a clip from the closing song.


February 26, 2012

Welcome to the Commission on the Status of Women

H.E. Marjon Kamara, Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations and Chair of the fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women welcomes everyone to this year's session.

Note that the volume appears to be low.


February 26, 2012

Giving thanks for the community of advocates

Harriet Tubman. Eleanor Roosevelt. Maggie Kuhn. Naomi Rose. Merdine T. Morris.

On this day - who are the women who have served as advocates for whom you give thanks?

Advocacy took central stage at the Ecumenical Women's Orientation. The afternoon workshops focused on advocacy (with Presbyterian leadership in each of them: Allie Naskret, Margaret Anderson, Ryan Smith).

The did so with good reason.

The "agreed conclusions" will be the primary outcome of the meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women. The 45 Member States of the Commission will create a set of concrete, action-oriented  recommendations for action by ...

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