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May 22, 2015

Gender Inequality, Non-communicable Diseases, and the SDGs

by Nathan Jumper and Amelie Clemot

Cover of report on Women and Non-communicable diseasesThe NGO Committee on the Status of Women/New York and the NGO Committee on Mental Health recently held a panel session in the UN community on the relation between gender equality and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs are currently divided into four categories: cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes. (Interestingly, a recent Harvard study has listed Mental Health as a fifth category of NCD. However, this is not yet recognized in other official venues.) One of the central discussions at the panel was the economic impact of NCDs. Simply put, they are ...

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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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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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