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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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June 27, 2014

“Women’s equality is human equality”

by Christina Gore and Max Hill

On June 26, 2014 UN Women held an event to launch a global campaign, marking the 20th anniversary of the World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995. The theme for the event was “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity, Picture it!” The event was held at the historic Apollo Theatre in Harlem and featured musical performances, inspiring speeches, and spoken word poetry.

From the beginning, the atmosphere during this launch was electric. Being in this room you could feel that passion that each person there had for bringing change to the world. The ...


June 25, 2014

Why I wear orange - Christina Gore on ending violence against women and girls

Christina Gore is a student at the University of Tennessee and an intern with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations during the summer of 2014


June 25, 2014

Why wear orange? Max Hill on ending violence against women

 

Max Hill is a student at the University of Arkansas and an intern at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations for the summer of 2014.


June 24, 2014

A call for the release of Meriam Ibrahim, her family, and others detained for their religious beliefs

In response to the word that Meriam Ibrahim and her family have been arrested, and in partnership with Presbyterian World Mission's area coordinator on Africa, we sent the following letter to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Sudan to the United Nations:

Your Excellency:

On behalf of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), I urge you to release Meriam Ibrahim, her family, and any other persons being held in detention based on their religious beliefs.  Presbyterians joined voices from around the world in advocating for Ms. Ibrahim’s release and were disheartened to learn she and her ...


June 24, 2014

How will you work to end violence against women in sport?

The Orange Day tomorrow (25 June) will focus on engaging sport communities and addressing gender-based violence in sport.
How will you observe the day?
Here are some ideas from UNiTE to End Violence against Women:

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