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March 14, 2016

There can be no business as usual

by The Rev. Anna George Traynham

This morning, UN Under-Secretary General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka addressed the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). One line has been ringing around the assembly halls since it left her lips: “There can be no business as usual.”

She was speaking in reference to the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015. “Excellencies,” she said in her striking South African accent, “the Agenda you adopted is bold, ambitious and transformational. Now we gather to seek implementation modalities that match this bold agenda, where there can be no business as usual ...

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June 3, 2014

I am a #HeForShe and it is #TimeToAct

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Ryan Smith, Max Hill and Catherine Warren

By Max Hill

Today I attended an event on ending sexual violence against women in conflict. The event was held at the United Nations and announced the launch of the #HeforShe video campaign. Speakers at the event included: Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director for UN Women, Zainab Bangura, Special Representative on Sexual Violence, and Sir Mark Lyall Grant, UK Permanent Representative to the UN.

The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations (in partnership with UN Women) organized the campaign. Speaking at the event, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it is “time ...

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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 ...

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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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July 9, 2013

Addressing Inequality in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

By Brendan Welsh

The Post-2015 Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities hosted a side event yesterday to brief various ambassadors and representatives of NGOs on the Consultation and High-level Meeting that took place in Copenhagen in February 2013. At the event, several panelists offered their answers to the question; how might inequalities be addressed in the Post-2015 Development Agenda?

Mr. Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, said, “It is inevitable that some of us here are focused on just one of the millennium development goals, but whether it’s economic development, environmental protection, or social development, all of the goals ...

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October 8, 2012

International Day of the Girl Child - October 11

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From Say NO – UNiTE Team and UN Women

On 11 October, the world will celebrate the first International Day of the Girl Child. It’s a day to promote girls’ empowerment and address the challenges that girls worldwide face. Girls everywhere are coming together and taking action for the first International Day of the Girl Child. Join and support them!

Join the Virtual Summit for Girls. On Tuesday, 9 October, from 7 PM – 8 PM Eastern Standard Time, Say NO - UNiTE will have a live chat on “Girls ending violence against girls”.

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July 24, 2012

Outcomes from the 56th Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women has recommended that the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations approve draft language on the following topics:

Detailed language on each of these areas are available in the full report ...

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March 8, 2011

United Nations observes International Women’s Day

Video Message Transcript Written Message: International Women’s Day 2011: Time to Make the Promise of Equality a Reality Message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Reports from the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women AllWomen in the...

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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.

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January 5, 2011

UN Women Begins Its Work

From the UN Women Web page: The United Nations made history today as UN Women, the UN agency dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, has officially begun its work. This ambitious new organization consolidates and scales up...

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