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Thirty-eight Presbyterians, including fourteen young adults, will attend the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women from March 14-25, 2016 in New York. The Presbyterian presence is made possible because the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is an accredited non-governmental organization with the United Nations' Economic and Social Council. The Presbyterian delegation is recruited and supported through a partnership between Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries/Presbyterian Women, and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations.
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Our ministry had the opportunity to host a group of Young Adult Volunteers as part of their orientation process. Austen Zoutewelle, who will be serving in Austin, wrote a reflection on her experience:
Today the group broke up into four groups, all going to see very different communities in the area. I was assigned to go to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations in New York City. I was a bit familiar with the UN from school and seeing the UN in Vienna, Austria when I studied abroad. I was clueless as to how the PCUSA was involved.
Our ministry had the opportunity to host a group of Young Adult Volunteers as part of their orientation process. Elizabeth Heyer, who will be serving in Indianapolis, wrote a reflection on her experience:
I was sent to the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. Introductions were made and job details were shared. And a man name Mark said something profound. He said that “we do not speak for the voiceless. Everyone has a voice, it is our job to enhance that voice and let it be heard.” He then took us to a multi faith service for the 219 girls ...
In response to an invitation to tell the world why they believe in a future free from violence against women and girls for Orange Day, July 25, to make a short video focusing on their vision for a world without violence against women and girls. Our interns made a video. You can too! Make and post a video. Share the link on Twitter on July 25.
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women has proclaimed the 25th of each month as : a day to raise awareness and take action against violence against women and girls.
This story originally appeared in the Presbyterian News Service. Thanks to our colleague Rick Jones for writing this story!
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 ...