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June 24, 2014

How will you work to end violence against women in sport?

The Orange Day tomorrow (25 June) will focus on engaging sport communities and addressing gender-based violence in sport.
How will you observe the day?
Here are some ideas from UNiTE to End Violence against Women:

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June 23, 2014

Orange Day addresses violence against women and girls in sport

by Grace Segers

The Secretary General’s UNiTE to End Women against Violence campaign declared the 25th of every month an “Orange Day,” a day to raise awareness and advocate against the harming of women. November 25th of each year is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, but the UNiTE campaign reminds us that violence against women is a serious, yearlong problem that should be addressed often. Witness and advocacy and work deserves more than just a single day once a year.

Each Orange Day has a different theme. The theme for June 25 ...

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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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March 8, 2014

WCRC joins delegation to United Nations

Originally posted by the World Communion of Reformed Churches by Anna Krueger

Dora Arce Valentín, the World Communion of Reformed Churches’ executive secretary for justice and partnership, will join a delegation from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that will advocate for gender equity with the 58th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. This Commission is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women.

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Arce Valentín will serve on a panel ...

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