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May 26, 2015

International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories

From the United Nations:

The UN General Assembly, by its resolution 60/119 of 8 December 2005, requested the annual observance of the Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

In the UN Charter, a Non-Self-Governing Territory is defined as a Territory “whose people have not yet attained a full measure of self-government”.

In 1946, several UN Member States identified a number of Territories under their administration that were not self-governing and placed them on a UN list. Countries administering Non-Self-Governing Territories are called administering Powers.  As a result of the decolonization process over the years, most of ...

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May 26, 2015

Tell Congress to Advocate for Palestinian Children

From our colleagues in the Office for Public Witness:

The detention of Palestinian minors by Israel raises serious concerns about lack of due process and ill-treatment.  These concerns serve as a call to action for those who feel a responsibility to care for the most weak and vulnerable members of society.

According to the Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem, as of the end of March 2015, 184 Palestinian minors were held in Israeli custody.   Furthermore, as B’Tselem notes, “the military law applied in the West Bank…denies them the protections accorded to minors under both international and Israeli ...

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April 23, 2015

Be a HeforShe? Say NO to Violence against Women on 25 April, Orange Day!

On 25 April, #OrangeDay, the UNiTE campaign is joining forces with the #HeforShe campaign and calling on men and boys everywhere to say NO to violence against women and girls.
 
We believe that the road towards a world free of violence against women requires transforming men’s and women’s attitudes, beliefs and behaviours. Men and boys have a responsibility and a role to play in speaking out against violence against women and girls. So reach out to the men and boys in your life, and ask them to wear orange and take action with you on Orange Day! Get ...

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April 22, 2015

Orange is the color of the day! April 25

Saturday, April 25 is an Orange Day to work and witness for an end to violence against women and girls. 
This month, the UNiTE Campaign calls all men and boys to wear orange to show your support for efforts to end violence against women and girls, and join the global movement for gender equality by becoming a HeforShe.

On Friday, we can all wear orange - take a photo - tweet the photo - post the photo on Instagram and Facebook. Use the hashtag - #‎OrangeDay‬.

On Friday, men and boys can become a ‪#‎HeForShe‬.

We can all find ways to work to end ...

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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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