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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 6, 2014

Welcome Sera Chung!

We are delighted to share this announcement from the Rev. Dr. Rhashell Hunter, director of Racial Ethnic and Women's Ministries/PW of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. We added the emphasis to the announcement.

Sera Chung leading musicPlease join me in welcoming Sera Chung to Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries/PW as the Associate for Gender & Racial Justice. Sera will begin her call at the Presbyterian Mission Agency on June 9, 2014. Sera's first assignment will be to travel to Detroit to participate and observe at the 221st General Assembly (2014) in Detroit.

Sera received her Master of Divinity degree from Princeton ...

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May 5, 2014

Going for the dream

The best, most lasting way for women to change the world is for each woman to go for her dreams. And I know this because I had 300 of the most powerful, influential women in the world imbed that sentiment into my soul in the course of a week.

The 58th Commission on the Status of Women ran from March 10 to March 21 in New York. I attended the first eight days, and by the time I left I knew that our world was changing in beautiful, miraculous ways.

The Commission was established in 1947, shortly after the ...

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March 8, 2014

Women are the solution

"Women are not the problem. Women are the solution."

Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women’s Executive Director, reminded those gathered for  Ecumenical Women at the United Nations orientation for the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women of this reality.

She went on to note that "You cannot end poverty without empowering women." Her presentation focused on the theme of the Commission: "Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls."

Noting the connection between ending violence against women and girls and achieving empowerment and development of women and girls, Ms ...

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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:

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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 ...

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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 1, 2012

Support the Violence Against Women Act

From our partners at Ecumenical Advocacy Days:

While all Senators need to hear from religious advocates about our support for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), it is especially critical that people of faith from Iowa, Texas, Arizona, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Alabama call their Senators NOW as the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on VAWA at 10:00 am Thursday morning

In November, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID), introduced S. 1925 to reauthorize this critical piece of legislation for an additional five years.  It will be considered in committee on Thursday, February 2, and ...

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