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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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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 the Orange Day action plan!
 
Here are seven ways that men and boys can take action:
 
Be a #HeforShe, say NO to violence against women and girls!

Categories: Human Rights, Justice, Women

Tags: boys, heforshe, men, orange day


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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April 21, 2015

Pillars of the Church program fosters commitment to peace and justice ministries

reprinted from the Presbyterian News Service
story and photo by Rick Jones

In a world of change and uncertainty, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is growing a loyal group of supporters to keep its peace and justice ministries thriving. Church leaders announced a new program called “Pillars of the Church” at Compassion, Peace and Justice (CPJ) Training Day in Washington, D.C.

“It is about encouraging a sustaining and generous community of donors who are deeply committed to the commandments of Jesus to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves,” said Sara Lisherness, director of CPJ. “Becoming a ...

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April 16, 2015

Observing the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide—the systematic massacre of one and a half million Armenians that began on April 24, 1915, and continued into the early 1920s. The 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) called on congregations to remember this event in worship on April 26, 2015 (the Fourth Sunday of Easter). Read the full text of the PC(USA) General Assembly action.  The photo shows the painting "The Cliff" by Jerusalem-born artist Lucy Boyadjian Jangijian whose Uprooted Collection interprets the Armenian Genocide and the will to endure.

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March 25, 2015

International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Today, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations intern Kyla Korvne attended the unveiling ceremony of the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (co-organized by the Permanent Memorial Committee, the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the NGO Relations Section, Outreach Division, Department of Public Information (DPI), the Caribbean Community and the African Group). Below is her post about the event:

Photo: Kyla Korvne

Even with the bitter cold and the windy rain blowing all of our umbrellas inside out, a crowd of people from all ...

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