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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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November 28, 2015

16 Days of Activism - Day 4: Let’s dream: What if we educated all our girls?

by Paul Olson

Violence against girls in schools reduces the number of girls in school. Why is this important? Poverty, sickness, and sustainable development depends on education first.

The Global Education First Initiative reports that if we educated our girls…

·      12 million children would be saved from stunted growth.

·      64% fewer early marriages

·      59% fewer early pregnancies

·      10% increase in wage earnings for every 1 year of schooling

·      49% fewer child deaths if all women completed secondary school

·      66% decrease in maternal mortality if all women completed primary education

Spokesperson for girls’ education and Nobel peace prize winner, Malala Yousafza ...

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November 27, 2015

16 Days of Activism - Day 3: School Related Gender-Based Violence

by Paul Olson

While it is difficult to define the scale and scope of School Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV), it is estimated that 246 million students experience SRGBV each year. Sexual violence against girls is extremely common and occurs while traveling to and from school, in the latrines, and during unsupervised play and results in:

-       low self-esteem
-       depression
-       school avoidance
-       low participation in class
-       inability to concentrate on work
-       drop out

Even more striking is the level of violence toward disabled girls aged 11-14 years. In Uganda, 24 percent of girls living with a disability reported experiencing sexual violence ...

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November 27, 2015

16 Days of Activism - Day 2: Thanksgiving

by Robert Arrington

appy Thanksgiving! As we collectively give thanks to God and our families around the dinner table, let us take a moment to reflect on the many ways in which our lives have been positively impacted by others. Thanksgiving is an expression of our gratitude for the gifts others have given us, gifts that have been freely given based on no merit of our own. In this reflection, we begin to realize the utter dependence we have on others who have done so much for us. Looking around the world in the wake of recent tragedies, we also ...

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November 25, 2015

16 Days of Activism: Orange the World against Gender-Based Violence

by Robert Arrington


Orange the world posterOrange the World! Welcome to the first post of a daily series of sixteen that will be following the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign from November 25 through December 10. This year marks the 24th year of the campaign, coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. 2015’s theme is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!”

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites us to “Orange the world: End violence against women and girls” during this ...

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October 19, 2015

Work for gender justice

Ecumenical Women's Orientation MarchPresbyterians will join our Ecumenical Women partners to advocate for justice for women at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

The 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will tentatively meet on March 14-24, 2016. A PC(USA) orientation will be held on the Friday before the Commission meets. The NGO Committee on the Status of Women will organize a NGO Forum that usually includes a consultation day prior to the Commission and parallel events held during the meeting of the Commission. The Commission will meet at the UN headquarters ...

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