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September 29, 2014

The Good Lie

From our partners in World Mission:

 

Presbyterian World Mission Encourages Congregations to Host an Event and Discussion About the Movie “The Good Lie.”

The movie, which opens in theaters October 3rd, focuses on the “Lost Boys,” who were orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan, beginning in 1983. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys, as well as girls, to America.

Philippe Falardeau has written a moving screenplay which stars Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon alongside Sudanese actors, and children of war, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Kuoth Wiel.

Mamere and ...

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September 24, 2013

Orange Day: September 25 - Safe Schools for Girls

From the Say No UNiTE to End Violence Against Women Campaign

Say No UNiTE logoIn July last year the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign proclaimed every 25th of the month as Orange Day. Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, worldwide activities implemented on this day by UN country offices and civil society organizations strive to highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.

Under the heading ‘Safe spaces for women and ...

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June 13, 2013

Education for Peace: 2013 International Day of Peace

September 21 marks the International Day of Peace this year's theme is Education for Peace.

International Day of Peace Poster"It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
100-day countdown message to the International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within ...

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September 10, 2012

Gaza in 2020: A liveable place?

Cover of Gaza 2020 studyThe United Nations Country Team in the occupied Palestinian territory has issued a study that considers what it might look like to live in the Gaza Strip in 2020. The resulting document provides an overview of current challenges and trends in Gaza as well as an extrapolation eight years forward. The study concludes:

In the absence of sustained and effective remedial action and an enabling political environment, the challenges which confront the people of Gaza now will only intensify over the coming years to 2020, a period in which another half a million people will be added to the present ...

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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 ...

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