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April 16, 2015

Observing the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

The cliff image by Lucy JanjigianThis year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide—the systematic massacre of one and a half million Armenians that began on April 24, 1915, and continued into the early 1920s. The 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) called on congregations to remember this event in worship on April 26, 2015 (the Fourth Sunday of Easter). Read the full text of the PC(USA) General Assembly action.  The photo shows the painting "The Cliff" by Jerusalem-born artist Lucy Boyadjian Jangijian whose Uprooted Collection interprets the Armenian Genocide and the will to endure.

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March 25, 2015

International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Today, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations intern Kyla Korvne attended the unveiling ceremony of the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (co-organized by the Permanent Memorial Committee, the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the NGO Relations Section, Outreach Division, Department of Public Information (DPI), the Caribbean Community and the African Group). Below is her post about the event:

Ban Ki Moon

Photo: Kyla Korvne

Even with the bitter cold and the windy rain blowing all of our umbrellas inside out, a crowd of people from all ...

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March 17, 2015

From Beijing to Now

The Reverend Dr. Bebb Stone reflects on her time as a Presbyterian participant in the Beijing Conference and as a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) delegate to this year's Commission on the Status of Women:

Bebb Stone speaking to a groupAs a Presbyterian woman who went with our church to Beijing in 1995, I have been deeply touched to be with the Presbyterian delegation for this 20-year review at The UN CSW59.  There are 8,500 women here from most if not all of the countries of the world, and the breadth and depth of their work for gender equality ("women's rights are ...

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March 11, 2015

#imamsforshe

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 8, 2015

March in March

Around the world, nations, non-governmental organizations, civil society, and individuals observe March 8 as International Women's Day.

In New York, a March was held from Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza to Times Square. Thousands of women and men marched to call for all women's rights to be honored and for full equality for women.

Presbyterians were among the marchers:

Presbyterian group at the beginning of the march

Many of the signs at the March referenced UN Women's newly launched

“Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” initiative to galvanize government pledges for action and as part of the wider Beijing+20 campaign.

“Today ...

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