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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 15, 2015

Presbyterian women at the UN - Libby McDermott

Libby McDermott, member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) delegation to the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and Young Adult Volunteer Alumna, reflects on her experience:

Libby McDermottI am no longer a YAV, but I have decided to continue using my Boston YAV blog to share my experience of being a young adult in the church. Last week I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) delegation to the United Nations 59th Commission on the Status of Women in New York City.

Read Libby's insights on the ...

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March 15, 2015

Beth Olker on the UN CSW week one

Beth Olker, member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) delegation to the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and student at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, reflects on her experience.

Beth OlkerI am right smack dab in the middle of my two-week journey as a PC(USA) delegate to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women.  The commission this year is reviewing the statement on the Beijing Platform, a product of the Commission on the Status of Women in 1995.

This week has been a blur.  A blur of meetings, panels, worship, building ...

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March 11, 2015

Diversity at the UN Commission on the Status of Women

by Jackie Spycher

I attended a panel on women's rights in Nordic countries. The first panelist observed:

People often ask me if I was present in Beijing. Then they realize I'm young and they say 'Were you even alive during Beijing?' This annoys me. Of course I was! I was nine years old and busy dismantling my sexist Barbie dolls."

The second panelist was the minister for gender equality in Sweden where calling oneself a feminist is considered a badge of honor by many people. 

It is interesting to observe the nuances and diversity among those attending the ...

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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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