Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) blogs

Swords into plowshares

Subscribe to this blog feed icon

About this blog

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.).

Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.

Recent posts

Categories

Archives


See all PC(USA) Blogs

PC(USA) Home

Posts with tag: ecumenical women

March 11, 2014

Ecumenical Women orientation - 58th Commission on the Status of Women

by Esther Lee

March 8, 2014. The long awaited Ecumenical Women Orientation had arrived.

Making my way to the United Nations early morning, I did not know what to expect other than knowing that there were going to be numerous people attending from all around the world. Upon my arrival at the Church Center, there was already a throng of attendees conversing with one another in much excitement. Though the amount of planning I had personally participated in was trivial, it was refreshing to observe the heavily planned and anticipated day finally play out.

With breakfast kicking off the day ...

Read more


March 8, 2014

WCRC joins delegation to United Nations

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.

Read the whole story

Arce Valentín will serve on a panel ...

Read more


March 7, 2014

Following the Commission on the Status of Women

CSW58 banner

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:

Read more


September 16, 2013

Help shape advocacy at the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

 

The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 – 21 March 2014 (tentative date).

The Presbyterian delegation will work with our partners Ecumenical Women to join in advocacy on this year’s priority theme, “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.” The UN and its member states are currently conducting extensive consultation in partnership with civil society organizations on the achievements and challenges of the MDGs and the development framework that should emerge after 2015.

Our advocacy depends ...

Read more


March 8, 2013

Advocacy for women at the UN

On FridDelegation with Ambassador Shinay afternoon, an advocacy delegation from Ecumenical Women visited the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations.

The delegation met with Ambassador Shin Dong-Ik, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations. From the ambassador, they learned about Korea's work on the Security Council. They shared Ecumenical Women's talking points for the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women:

Read more


March 4, 2013

The 57th Commission on the Status of Women begins!

Evelyn and Elisa at the Opening Session

This morning at 10:00 am, the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women began. Presbyterian delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women members Evelyn Pugh and Elisa Boles were there for the opening ceremonies! Meagan Manas was also present - she took the photo. Other members of the delegation followed the ceremonies online.

Pray for the members of the Commission and those who gather to advocate for an end to violence against women and girls.

Read more


March 3, 2013

A march to remember

In a broken and fearful world
the Spirit gives us courage
to pray without ceasing,
to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,
to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.

March

Participants in March 3 Ecumenical Women's orientation for the 57th Commission on the Status of Women remembered our sisters whose voices are and have been silenced.

In worship, we remembered.

In prayer, we remembered.

In art, we remembered ...

Read more


March 3, 2013

Making plans

Who is here?
What is our task?
What will we do to achieve that task?
What else will happen?

Christ CandleAround a Christ candle, in the Fellowship Hall of New York's Church of the Covenant, Presbyterian participants in the 57th Commission on the Status of Women gathered on Friday, March 1 to explore these and related questions.

Who is here?
A  significant portion of the afternoon and evening was spent meeting one another and building the community. A generationally and ethnically diverse group, the Presbyterian participants come from across the country. Most are members and leaders of Presbyterian Women on ...

Read more


March 3, 2013

Something's happening in New York

Women (and some men) from around the world and from across the United States have gathered in New York for the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Presbyterians and our ecumenical partners are among the number.
57th CSW Outcome DocumentThe CSW will meet from March 4 through 15 to "evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide." Presbyterians, along with representatives of other NGOs, advocate at the meeting in order to shape the recommendations of the CSW.

Here are some ways to follow ...

Read more


February 28, 2013

57th Session Commission on the Status of Women

CSW 57 header

The 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women begins on March 4, 2013 at the United Nations. For Presbyterians attending the Commission, the experience begins with an orientation tomorrow, March 1, at the Church of the Covenant.

Here is information about the Commission:

The Commission on the Status of Women (hereafter referred to as “CSW” or “the Commission”) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations ...

Read more


March 20, 2012

Women share stories of hope at the United Nations

Women make up the majority of the world’s poor. The reality of the world today is that women are disproportionately affected by poverty, due to unequal access to resources and opportunities, discriminatory land and inheritance laws, and unequal distribution of household resources. Violence against women persists, particularly in regions ravaged by war and natural disasters.

Meeting So begins Allie Naskret's reflection on the process and experience of the 56th Session of the Commission of the Status of Women. A student at Princeton Theological Seminary, Allie serves as a field education student with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations ...

Read more


March 5, 2012

Intersections: CTAUN and CSW: education and sustainability

Written by Grace Bickers

After advocacy training at both the Presbyterian and Ecumenical Women’s orientations for the Commission on the Status of Women and a week’s worth of insight from the remarkable women making up these delegations, I was excited to learn how the information I learned during a previous opportunity to attend the annual CTAUN (Committee for Teaching About the United Nations) conference on the theme of “Education IS a Human Right” could be put to work. Much of the information shared at the conference is directly relevant to the Ecumenical Women’s advocacy talking points: access ...

Read more


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.

Read more


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.

Read more


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.

Read more


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 ...

Read more


February 25, 2012

"I'm a Delegate"

Rhonda Everdyke working on her phoneRhonda Everdyke, communicator for the Presbytery of Geneva, is blogging her experiences at the Commission on the Status of Women at I'm a Delegate. Today she reflects on the Ecumenical Women's Orientation:

It is hard to just put into words our experiences from today! So many women (even some brave men too) coming together to talk about common issues for women all over the world (including the United States) and what the struggles are within rural settings. Things need to change and women are the powerful voices to make it happen.

Tomorrow, some Presbyterian participants will worship with ...

Read more


February 25, 2012

Tweetable quotes - 25 February 2012

woman speakingWe are tweeting events around the Committee on the Status of Women as @PresbyUN. Here are a few highlights from the Ecumenical Women Orientation:

It’s some times easier to stay at home than to enter the struggle. Easier, but not better.

  • Ana Chã, Brazil

You know what, I am that statistic. When we talk about statistics, we are talking about people.

  • Michelle Deshong, Australia

I wish I could find that teacher who told me I would never amount to anything and tell him where I am speaking.

  • Michelle Deshong, Australia

If women around the world were paid for the ...

Read more


February 25, 2012

CSW encounters

Picture of Naw Lee Myar and othersBuilding community across nations - meeting sisters, and brothers, - happens regularly at the Commission on the Status of Women.
Peng Leong, volunteer with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, reflects on an encounter - the beginning of a relationship with Naw Lee Myar - that took place today during the Ecumenical Women Orientation:

I met a delegate from Myanmar . . . she was sponsored by the Asian Rural Institute and the United Methodist church.  She could not believe that God provided this opportunity since she had no means at all. She is so appreciative. . . . I am grateful to have met this wonderful sister who ...

Read more


February 24, 2012

It begins

The largest Presbyerian delegation to attend a meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women gathered at the Church of the Covenant for an orientation today. Thanks to our partners!

Our time together began with prayer for the delegation, the participants in the Commission, and our sisters and brothers around the world. The prayer included a special mention for Cynthia Bolbach, moderator of the 219th General Assembly (2010).

Particpants then introduced themselves. Representatives of Presbyerian Women spoke about their role in engaging the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with the Commission. Staff for Women's Leadership Development and Young ...

Read more


February 24, 2012

Ready!

With excitiment and anticipation, I have read the posts on Facebook from Presbyterian participants in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) noting their travel. If I followed other pages, I would probably know about the travel plans participants with other organizations.

Some individuals have already arrived in New York City.

Some individuals have already experienced travel challenges.

Some individuals will arrive today; other individuals between now and Monday.

For the Presbyterians, our CSW experience begins this afternoon at 4:00 pm with an orientation. A BIG SHOUT OUT by the way to our partners at the Church of ...

Read more


February 23, 2012

Why we attend the Commission on the Status of Women

The 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (“CSW” or “the Commission”) begins on Monday, February 27. Presbyterian participants will gather for an orientation tomorrow - February 24.

The CSW is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Comprised of representatives of 45 UN Member States, the Commission gathers every year at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality ...

Read more


February 22, 2012

The 2012 Commission on the Status of Women

The 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women begins on Monday, February 27.

Presbyterian and other participants will arrive in New York over the next few days. The Presbyterian Orientation will take place on Friday, February 24. We will join our partners at the Ecumenical Women's Orientation on Saturday, February 25.

There are a number of places to follow the events - including this blog. Watch the plenary sessions of the Commission on UN Webcast.

Other sources of information include:

Read more


May 14, 2011

Blessed are the peacemakers

From across the Presbytery of New York City they came to First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn for the Presbyterian Women's Spring Gathering. The 2011-2012 Horizons Bible Study, Confessing the Beatitudes by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Aymer, provided the theme and...

Read more


April 30, 2011

Thursday night in Queens

"You have the coolest job." That was one of the closing comments to my time at the First Presbyterian Church in Whitestone. Pastor Andy James had invited me to visit during Lent and share about the Presbyterian Ministry at the...

Read more


March 12, 2011

Advocacy resources on Libya and Côte d'Ivoire

Reports from Libya and Côte d'Ivoire tell of violence and displacement. Ecumenical Women at the United Nations — an international coalition of church denominations and ecumenical organizations, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — has developed tools to encourage women and...

Read more


March 3, 2011

Inspiring and hopeful with more work to come

by Ryan Smith On March 2, 2011, representatives from the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and Presbyterian Women joined Milcah Lalam, a peace building development specialist with RECONCILE in Sudan with expertise in trauma healing, drama as therapy and...

Read more


March 3, 2011

Reflections on New Zealand

Pam Tankersley of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa/New Zealand spoke at the Ecumenical Women's worship service on March 1. She reflected on the earthquake that struck her country - of the loss of human life - the injuries - the...

Read more


March 2, 2011

Learning Methodologies - Post Trauma 4

Ecumenical Women presented a parallel event, Learning Methodologies- Post Trauma on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. This panel discussion will include speakers whose bodies of work focus on post-trauma...

Read more


March 2, 2011

Learning Methodologies - Post Trauma 3

Ecumenical Women presented a parallel event, Learning Methodologies- Post Trauma on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. This panel discussion will include speakers whose bodies of work focus on post-trauma...

Read more


March 2, 2011

Learning Methodologies - Post Trauma 2

Ecumenical Women presented a parallel event, Learning Methodologies- Post Trauma on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. This panel discussion will include speakers whose bodies of work focus on post-trauma...

Read more


March 2, 2011

Learning Methodologies - Post Trauma 1

Ecumenical Women presented a parallel event, Learning Methodologies- Post Trauma on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. This panel discussion will include speakers whose bodies of work focus on post-trauma...

Read more


March 1, 2011

Nothing Is Lost on the Breath of God

Pam Tankersley of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa/New Zealand spoke at the Ecumenical Women's worship service this morning. She reflected on the earthquake that struck her country - of the loss of human life - the injuries - the pain...

Read more


March 1, 2011

A world where all live, all thrive

Carolyn Groseclose Sprinkle, a member of Presbyterian Women from Sparta, North Carolina, reflects on her experience at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. She considers God's vision of a world where all live and all...

Read more


March 1, 2011

Going home to make a difference

Pam Snyder, a member of Presbyterian Women from Staunton, Virginia, reflects on her experience at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. She considers what she has learned and what she will do when she returns...

Read more


February 25, 2011

Reflections on statement by Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women

Reflections on statement by Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women « Ecumenical Women at the United Nations.

Read more


February 22, 2011

Toward agreed conclusions at CSW55

An outcome of the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will be the agreed conclusions. Through the agreed conclusions, the Commission will urge "Governments, the relevant entities of the United Nations system, international and regional organizations,...

Read more


February 21, 2011

We gathered

From churches and countries around the world, we gathered at the Church Center for the United Nations. Followers of Jesus Christ, seekers of justice, supporters of human rights for women, men, and all people, we gathered. To dance, to worship,...

Read more


February 20, 2011

Commission on the Status of Women

The Ecumenical Women's orientation for Commission on the Status of Women has started. Follow along on Twitter at #CSW.

Read more