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October 23, 2012

Presbyterian Women celebrate UN Day in the Presbytery of Monmouth

O God, who formed creation and made each living thing,
We’ve seen the devastation that war and conflict bring.
We long to stop the violence and end the scourge of war;
We yearn for peace and justice, now and forevermore.

Program cover for PW GatheringOn Saturday, October 20, the Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of Monmouth held their gathering at the First Presbyterian Church of Belmar.

This particular gathering included a celebration, early, of the birth of the United Nations - United Nations Day.

Participants heard a report on the 2012 Churchwide Gathering and had ...

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March 18, 2012

Re-Authorize the Violence Against Women Act!

Here’s a way to follow-up on the Commission on the Status of Women:

Call both of your Senators’ offices in Washington today and ask them vote YES on the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Our partners in Presbyterian Women tell us that now is the time influence our Senators on the Violence Against Women Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has agreed to bring VAWA, S. 1925, to the Senate Floor very, very soon—possibly next week! And Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) became a co-sponsor of VAWA yesterday bringing our total co-sponsors to 59! We now ...

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December 19, 2011

Towards a More Humane Future - Article 2

Toward a More Humane Future is a devotional study on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for use by individuals or groups.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 2

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social original, property, birth, or other status.  Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing ...

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November 25, 2011

16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

O LORD, you hear the desire of the meek; you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed, so that those from earth may strike terror no more. (Psalm 10:17-18)

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This day is followed by 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. The International Day and the 16 Days of Activism are commemorated every year around the world to raise awareness and trigger action on this pervasive human rights violation.

This year, UN Women Executive Director ...

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June 27, 2011

Support Women's Rights - Ratify CEDAW

John’s Gospel records the story of Jesus and a woman engaged in a long conversation at a well. Jesus recognized and honored her humanity as he did the humanity of all the women he encountered. Jesus consistently affirmed the dignity and worth of each person. Here is one way you can follow his example:

Participate in the campaign to call the United States Senate to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Presbyterian Women encourages Presbyterians to take part in this campaign, organized by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights ...

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February 25, 2011

Ratify CEDAW

On behalf of Presbyterian participants in the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Louise Davidson of Presbyterian Women invites the ecumenical community to join in an advocacy effort to secure Senate ratification of the Convention to...

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October 31, 2009

30 years working for rights for women

December 18, 2009 marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). A working group of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality...

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August 25, 2009

Tell your Senators to act on CEDAW

Celebrate Women's Equality Day (Wednesday, August 26) by urging your senators to take action on CEDAW (United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women). Call both your Senators at 202-224-3121 and urge them to support...

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