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March 14, 2014

Trust in the Lord, First Chinese Presbyterian Church

by Carolyn Diener

On Sunday, March 9 my husband Tom, who has accompanied me to New York for the Commission on the Status of Women, and I were privileged to attend the First Chinese Presbyterian Church of New York City for their 11:00am service.  This visit came about because of my Presbyterian sister Peng Leong who is a member and Commissioned Ruling Elder at First Chinese Presbyterian Church. Peng was my partner for the Presbyterian orientation and she issued the invitation.  We drove to the church at 61 Henry Street in Chinatown. Since parking is at a premium, Peng ...

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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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October 17, 2013

MDGs, Poverty and the Post-2015 Agenda - working together for a world without discrimination

“MDGs, Poverty and the Post-2015 Agenda - working together for a world without discrimination”


When: 17 October, 2013 – 10AM – 11:30AM EDT 

Where: UNICEF House Exhibition Space - Danny Kaye Centre - New York

Live Stream Available the day of the event!

 

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October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Building on the many movements and actions that traditionally take place on this day, the World We Want Platform will host its next interactive People's Voices Series event.

Representatives of non-governmental organizations, community organizations, social movements, youth-led organizations, UN agencies, Member States, private sector, media and academia are ...

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September 16, 2013

Help shape advocacy at the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

 

The fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 – 21 March 2014 (tentative date).

The Presbyterian delegation will work with our partners Ecumenical Women to join in advocacy on this year’s priority theme, “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.” The UN and its member states are currently conducting extensive consultation in partnership with civil society organizations on the achievements and challenges of the MDGs and the development framework that should emerge after 2015.

Our advocacy depends ...

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