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March 22, 2015

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) oral statement at Commission on the Status of Women

This story originally appeared in the Presbyterian News Service. Thanks to our colleague Rick Jones for writing this story!

Ryan Smith, Presbyterian Representative to the United Nations, prepares to speak to the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) made an oral statement yesterday to the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Ryan Smith, Presbyterian representative to the United Nations, presented the statement during Wednesday’s General Debate session. For the past week and a half, the Commission has been reviewing achievements and challenges since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a major policy document on gender equality, was adopted 20 years ago. 

The statement acknowledged ...

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March 11, 2015


by Beth Olker

UN Women has recently begun #heforshe, a "Solidarity Movement in Gender Equality".  This movement is being heralded as a transition and solidification of the feminism movement as one whose supporters and benefactors are not only women. The effort affirms that "gender equality is not just a women's issue" but call it a human right's issue which demands support from all people.

In conversation with this movement, the group Muslims for Progressive Values a hosted parallel event at the UN Commission on the Status of Women to launch their campaign #imamsforshe and to host a discussion ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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February 9, 2011

Coming in February ... the Commission on the Status of Women

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations is preparing to welcome Presbyterian participants for the Commission on the Status of Women from February 22 through March 4. Presbyterian Women is a key partner in this event. The Commission on the...

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