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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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February 28, 2015

March for justice for women

In commemoration of the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Presbyterian participants in the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women will join the march for gender equality on International Women’s Day! Please join us and our partners, the City of New York, the UN Women for Peace Association, NGO CSW New York, Man Up Campaign, and the Working Group on Girls.

We will march through New York City midtown, starting at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and ending on Times Square.

1:30 p.m. Participants begin to assemble (Dag Hammarskjold Plaza - 47th St and 2nd Ave)
2:30 p.m. March begins (see below map for the exact route)
4:15 p.m. Final convening point: Renewing commitments to gender equality (Times Square - 42nd St and 7th Ave)
5:00 p.m. March concludes 

Participants are welcome to produce and bring their own banners with powerful messages calling for women's rights.

If you attend the march, share your images and messages on social media via the hashtag #Beijing20, and follow @UN_Women on Twitter for coverage!

Categories: Advocacy, Human Rights, Presbyterian Women, Women, Young Women

Tags: commission on the status of women, international women's day, justice for women, women's rights

February 26, 2015

Follow the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Thirty-five Presbyterians, including eleven young adults, will attend the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will meet from March 9-20, 2015 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.

This session of the Commission will focus on the Beijing Declaration ...

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February 12, 2015

For a world where children are children

‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’ – Matthew 19:14

February 12, 2015 marks the thirteenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict.

To mark this day, we sent Red Hands to 22 of the 35 UN Member states that have yet to ratify the Optional Protocol. 

UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 children – boys and girls under the age of ...

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February 5, 2015

Advocacy Training Weekend 2015

April 17-20, 2015
Washington, DC

Everywhere people face severe human rights violations for political and economic gain. 

How can we the church turn these tragedies into triumphs?  Come to Advocacy Training Weekend to take a long hard look at these issues and seek solutions that are theologically and biblically based. Training will kickoff ...

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February 3, 2015

To enhance the strength of human rights law

On January 23, the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations provided a seminar for the International Law Society from the University of Baltimore School of Law on the topic of human rights. 

Speaking at the seminar were:

Shulamith Koenig, Founding President, People’s Movement for Human Rights Learning (formerly known as People’s Decade for Human Rights Education)

Renzo Pomi, speaking in the photo,  Amnesty International’s Representative at the United Nations

John Washburn, Convener of the American Non-Governmental Organizations Coalition for the International Criminal Court (AMICC)

Janette Amer, Human Rights Adviser with UNWomen

Ryan Smith and Mark Koenig shared ...

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