UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN (UNCSW)

The 61st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meeting in New York City March 13 to March 24 will gather women and girls, men and boys from the Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion.

The 2017 UNCSW Priority Theme is “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.”  A major focus will continue to be the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals

The provincial delegate and the Episcopal Church delegates will be able to attend the UNCSW official meetings as observers on the floor of the United Nations and will represent the Episcopal Church/Anglican Communion in their advocacy. They will be able to report on United Nations meetings during debriefs, speak about official Episcopal Church priorities with United Nations entities and permanent mission representatives, attend parallel events, and reflect during UNCSW on how they can share the knowledge when they return to their communities and train new women leaders.

Information is available here

Of note for the event:

  • The Episcopal Church will host an opening Eucharist at 12:10 pm Eastern on Monday, March 13 in the Chapel of Christ the Lord in the Episcopal Church Center, during which the Rev. Margaret Rose will celebrate and the Rev. Deacon Carey Chirico will preach. A group of young adults and their parents from St. George’s Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, VA will write and lead the Prayers of the People.
  • Regular midday Eucharist worship will continue Monday-Friday in the Chapel of Christ the Lord at 12:10 pm Eastern.
  • On March 15, 10 am – 11:30 am, the Anglican Communion will host Fereshteh Forough, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Code to Inspire speaking in the Chapel of Christ the Lord. The Anglican Communion also will host parallel events at the Church Center for the United Nations.
  • On March 21, a special UNCSW Eucharist for participants, Episcopal Church Center staff and the public will feature Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as the preacher and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies, as the celebrant. At 3 pm – 4 pm, Presiding Bishop Curry and President Jennings will welcome participants to a conversation in the Chapel of Christ the Lord.
  • There will be a closing Eucharist on March 24 at 12:10 pm Eastern and will incorporate the stories, songs and experiences of the delegates.

In addition to these events at the Episcopal Church Center, Episcopalians will be organizing many other UNCSW parallel events and worship opportunities throughout New York City, at the Church Center for the United Nations, and at churches in the Episcopal Diocese of New York.  More information is located here  

The Episcopal Church Center, located one block from the United Nations, will provide hospitality space for participants throughout the two weeks.

Episcopal delegates

Twenty Episcopal delegates and one Episcopal provincial representative to the Anglican Communion delegation will attend the official UNCSW proceedings at the United Nations and represent the Episcopal Church’s positions.

The UNCSW delegation is: Jennifer Allen, Diocese of Kansas; Delores Alleyne, Diocese of Connecticut; Dr. Damaris De Jesús Carrasquillo, Diocese of Puerto Rico; Dr. Elayne Gallagher, Diocese of Colorado; Katherine Gould, Diocese of Southeast Florida; Pragedes Coromoto Jimenez de Salazar, Diocese of Venezuela; the Rev. Yein Esther Kim, Diocese of Los Angeles; Kirsten Lee, Diocese of Kansas; the Rev. Irene E. Maliaman, Diocese of Hawaii; Emma Palmer, Diocese of Oklahoma; Karma Quick-Panwala, Diocese of California; Thomasina Rogers, Diocese of Washington; Rebecca Rosen, Diocese of Michigan; Dr. Lupe Ayllon Ruiz, Diocese of Central Florida; Charlene Rusnak, Diocese of Virginia; Angela Smith, Diocese of Western Kansas; and Sandra Squires, Diocese of Nebraska.

The Episcopal Church staff members named to the delegation are:  Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church Representative to the United Nations; Rachel McDaniel, Julia Chester Emery United Thank Offering intern; and the Rev. Glenda McQueen, Staff Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Erin Morey of the Diocese of Pittsburgh will serve as the provincial delegate to represent the Episcopal Church to the Anglican Communion delegation.

Episcopal delegates will represent the Church through advocacy, including training, ecumenical worship, visiting permanent missions at the United Nations, and continuing advocacy upon return to their local communities.

For more information about UNCSW, contact Main

 

 

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The 61st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meeting in New York City March 13 to March 24 will gather women and girls, men and boys from the Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion. The 2017 UNCSW

Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has named the provincial delegate and churchwide delegates to represent the Episcopal Church at the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, NY, March 13-24, 2017.

The provincial delegate and the churchwide delegates will be able to attend the official UNCSW proceedings at the United Nations and will represent the Episcopal Church/Anglican Communion in their advocacy at the UN, including joint advocacy with the group Ecumenical Women.

The delegates named by Presiding Bishop Curry are: Jennifer Allen, Diocese of Kansas; Delores Alleyne, Diocese of Connecticut; Damaris De Jesús Carrasquillo, Diocese of Puerto Rico; Dr. Elayne Gallagher, Diocese of Colorado; Katherine Gould, Diocese of Southeast Florida; Pragedes Coromoto Jimenez de Salazar, Diocese of Venezuela; the Rev. Yein Esther Kim, Diocese of Los Angeles; Kirsten Lee, Diocese of Kansas; the Rev. Irene E. Maliaman, Diocese of Hawaii; Emma Palmer, Diocese of Oklahoma; Karma Quick-Panwala, Diocese of California; Thomasina Rogers, Diocese of Washington; Rebecca Rosen, Diocese of Michigan; Dr. Lupe Ayllon Ruiz, Diocese of Central Florida; Charlene Rusnak, Diocese of Virginia; Angela Smith, Diocese of Western Kansas; and Sandra Squires, Diocese of Nebraska.

Presiding Bishop’s staff members attending are: Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church Global Relations Officer; Rachel McDaniel, Julia Chester Emery United Thank Offering intern; and the Rev. Glenda McQueen, Staff Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Presiding Bishop Curry named Erin Morey of the Diocese of Pittsburgh as the Episcopal Church provincial delegate to the Anglican Communion delegation.

The 2017 UNCSW Priority Theme is “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.” See more here

For more information contact Main

Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has named the provincial delegate and churchwide delegates to represent the Episcopal Church at the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, NY, March

Applications are being accepted for a provincial delegate and up to 20 churchwide delegates to represent the Episcopal Church at the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, NY, March 13-24, 2017.

The provincial delegate and the churchwide delegates will be able to attend the official UNCSW proceedings at the United Nations and will represent the Episcopal Church/Anglican Communion in their advocacy at the UN, including joint advocacy with the group Ecumenical Women.

The 2017 UNCSW Priority Theme is “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work” and the Review Theme is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session)”.  See more here

Applications are open to an adult or youth (ages 14-19), woman or man, who can speak to the Priority or Review Theme and are willing to participate in advocacy at UNSCW.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. 

Applicants should have a relevant role at the parish, diocesan and/or provincial level, be accountable to a diocesan or provincial authority, and have a process for reporting back to the local community after participating in UNCSW.

Delegates will be expected to be present in New York City for the UNSCW meeting  between March 10 and 24 or as close to the entire stay as possible. Delegates will be responsible for their own travel, housing and program expenses.

Following a review of the applications, the delegates will be chosen by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.  All applicants will be notified by mid-October.

Application is available here.  Deadline is September 16.

For more information contact Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church Global Relations Officer.

 

Applications are being accepted for a provincial delegate and up to 20 churchwide delegates to represent the Episcopal Church at the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, NY, March 13-24,

The 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meeting in New York City March 14 to March 24 will gather women from The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion.

The 2016 UNCSW Priority Theme is, “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development” and the Review Theme is, “The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.”

The provincial delegate and the Church delegates will be able to attend the UNCSW official meetings as observers on the floor of the United Nations and will represent The Episcopal Church/Anglican Communion in their advocacy, including joint advocacy with the coalition Ecumenical Women. They will be able to report on United Nations meetings during debriefs, speak about official Episcopal Church and Ecumenical Women priorities with United Nations entities and permanent mission representatives, attend parallel events, and reflect during UNCSW on how they can share the knowledge when they return to their communities and train new women leaders.

Information is available here 

Of note for the event:

  • The Episcopal Church will host an opening Eucharist on Monday, March 14 in the Chapel of Christ the Lord in the Episcopal Church Center, as well as a closing Eucharist on March 24 during which the Rev. Margaret Rose will celebrate and the Rev. Deacon Carey Chirico will serve as deacon. Both services will begin at 12:10 pm Eastern and will incorporate the stories, songs and experiences of the delegates.
     
  • On March 17, 3 pm – 4 pm, The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, will welcome participants during a “Meet and Greet” in the Chapel of Christ the Lord.
     
  • On March 17, 5 pm – 6 pm, a special UNCSW Eucharist for participants, Episcopal Church Center staff and the public will feature Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as the preacher and the Most Rev. Dr. Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, as the celebrant.
     
  • Regular midday Eucharist worship will continue Monday-Friday in the Chapel of Christ the Lord at 12:10 pm.

Additionally, many groups are hosting parallel events and contributing to hospitality at the Episcopal Church Center.

  • On March 15, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Episcopal Relief & Development will sponsor a parallel event entitled “Engaging Faith Communities in the Fight to End Violence Against Women and Girls” in the Chapel. They will also host a parallel event at the Church Center for the United Nations.
  • On March 15, 1 pm – 2:30 pm, Anglican Women’s Empowerment will host a Lunch & Learn event featuring Elizabeth Boe, Global Networking Officer of The Episcopal Church. They will also host a parallel event at the Church Center for the United Nations.
  • On March 16, the Anglican Communion will host two events in the Chapel of Christ the Lord: 10 am – 11:30 am, Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Anglican Communion speaker, and 2 pm – 3:30 pm, the Most Rev. Dr. Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion. The Anglican Communion also will host a parallel event at the Church Center for the United Nations.  
  • St. George’s Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, VA will bring a group of young adults and their parents to UNCSW. St. George’s will write and lead the Prayers of the People for the UNCSW Opening Eucharist on March 14.

In addition to these events at the Episcopal Church Center, Episcopalians will be organizing many other UNCSW parallel events and worship opportunities through the Episcopal Diocese of New York, including the Church of the Epiphany, Church of the Incarnation, the Global Women’s Fund and Holy Trinity Manhattan. More information can be found on The Episcopal Church calendar here 

The Episcopal Church Center, located one block from the United Nations, will provide hospitality space for participants and will host advocacy debriefs by Ecumenical Women, an international coalition of faith-based organizations accredited to the United Nations. Both The Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion are members of Ecumenical Women.

Anglican and Episcopal delegates will also participate in Ecumenical Women’s advocacy, including training, ecumenical worship, visiting permanent missions at the United Nations, and continuing advocacy upon return to their local communities.

Episcopal delegates

Nineteen Episcopal delegates and one Episcopal provincial representative to the Anglican Communion delegation will attend the official UNCSW proceedings at the United Nations and represent The Episcopal Church’s positions.

The UNCSW delegation is: Jennifer M. Allen, Diocese of Kansas; Victoria Rose Bell, Diocese of Michigan; Kristina (Nina) Boe, Diocese of Olympia; the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser, Diocese of New York; Judith Lane Gregory, Diocese of Delaware; the Rev. Deborah M. Jackson, Diocese of Florida; Cynthia Katsarelis, Diocese of Colorado; Zoraida Maldonado, Diocese of Puerto Rico; Erin Morey, Diocese of Pittsburgh; Gillian Payne, Diocese of Fond du Lac; Lucy Rinzler-Day, Diocese of New York; the Rev. Connie Sanchez, Diocese of Honduras; Sarah Watkins, Diocese of Texas; the Rev. Valerie Webster, Diocese of Montana, Diane M. Wright, Diocese of Virginia.

The Episcopal Church staff named to the delegation are: Jayce Hafner, Domestic Policy Analyst; Lynnaia Main, Global Relations Officer; Kayla Massey, Young Adult Service Corps intern; and the Rev. Glenda McQueen, Latin American and Caribbean Officer.

Julia Ayala Harris of the Diocese of Oklahoma, and a member of the Episcopal Church Executive Council, will serve as the provincial delegate to represent The Episcopal Church to the Anglican Communion delegation.

For more information about UNCSW, contact Lynnaia Main, Global Relations Officer.

 

 

The 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meeting in New York City March 14 to March 24 will gather women from The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion. The 2016 UNCSW Priority Theme is, “

Continuing its tradition of a strong presence at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), The Episcopal Church will be represented at UNCSW’s 60th Session March 14-24, 2016, by 20 Episcopal delegates and one Episcopal provincial representative to the Anglican Communion delegation, all named by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.

The delegates will attend the official UNCSW proceedings at the United Nations and represent The Episcopal Church’s positions on the UNCSW Priority Theme, “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development” and the Review Theme, “The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.” Information is available here 

Additionally, the delegates will communicate their own experiences and share what they have learned with their communities upon their return.

Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori has named the churchwide delegates to represent The Episcopal Church at the event.  The UNCSW delegation is: Jennifer M. Allen, Diocese of Kansas; Victoria Rose Bell, Diocese of Michigan; Kristina (Nina) Boe, Diocese of Olympia; the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser, Diocese of New York; Amanda Gaona, Diocese of San Joaquin; Judith Lane Gregory, Diocese of Delaware; the Rev. Deborah M. Jackson, Diocese of Florida; Cynthia Katsarelis, Diocese of Colorado; Zoraida Maldonado, Diocese of Puerto Rico; Erin Morey, Diocese of Pittsburgh; Gillian Payne, Diocese of Fond du Lac; Lucy Rinzler-Day, Diocese of New York; the Rev. Connie Sanchez, Diocese of Honduras; Sarah Watkins, Diocese of Texas; the Rev. Valerie Webster, Diocese of Montana, Diane M. Wright, Diocese of Virginia.

Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society staff named to the delegation are: Jayce Hafner, Domestic Policy Analyst; Lynnaia Main, Global Relations Officer; Sam McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission; and the Rev. Glenda McQueen, Latin American and Caribbean Officer.

The Presiding Bishop also has named Julia Ayala Harris of the Diocese of Oklahoma to serve as the provincial delegate to represent The Episcopal Church to the Anglican Communion delegation.

“The expertise, leadership qualities and diversity of the delegates chosen by our Presiding Bishop will insure that The Episcopal Church will be well-represented at the UNCSW meeting in March,” commented Main.  “We look forward to focusing as a team on the issues that will be presented to us.”

For more information about UNCSW, contact Main.

Continuing its tradition of a strong presence at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), The Episcopal Church will be represented at UNCSW’s 60th Session March 14-24, 2016, by 20 Episcopal delegates and one Episcopal

Continuing its tradition of a strong presence at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), The Episcopal Church will be represented at UNCSW’s 60th Session March 14-24, 2016, by 20 Episcopal delegates and one Episcopal provincial representative to the Anglican Communion delegation, all named by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.

The delegates will attend the official UNCSW proceedings at the United Nations and represent The Episcopal Church’s positions on the UNCSW Priority Theme, “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development” and the Review Theme, “The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.” Information is available here 

Additionally, the delegates will communicate their own experiences and share what they have learned with their communities upon their return.

Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori has named the churchwide delegates to represent The Episcopal Church at the event.  The UNCSW delegation is: Jennifer M. Allen, Diocese of Kansas; Victoria Rose Bell, Diocese of Michigan; Kristina (Nina) Boe, Diocese of Olympia; the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser, Diocese of New York; Amanda Gaona, Diocese of San Joaquin; Judith Lane Gregory, Diocese of Delaware; the Rev. Deborah M. Jackson, Diocese of Florida; Cynthia Katsarelis, Diocese of Colorado; Zoraida Maldonado, Diocese of Puerto Rico; Erin Morey, Diocese of Pittsburgh; Gillian Payne, Diocese of Fond du Lac; Lucy Rinzler-Day, Diocese of New York; the Rev. Connie Sanchez, Diocese of Honduras; Sarah Watkins, Diocese of Texas; the Rev. Valerie Webster, Diocese of Montana, Diane M. Wright, Diocese of Virginia.

Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society staff named to the delegation are: Jayce Hafner, Domestic Policy Analyst; Lynnaia Main, Global Relations Officer; Sam McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission; and the Rev. Glenda McQueen, Latin American and Caribbean Officer.

The Presiding Bishop also has named Julia Ayala Harris of the Diocese of Oklahoma to serve as the provincial delegate to represent The Episcopal Church to the Anglican Communion delegation.

“The expertise, leadership qualities and diversity of the delegates chosen by our Presiding Bishop will insure that The Episcopal Church will be well-represented at the UNCSW meeting in March,” commented Main.  “We look forward to focusing as a team on the issues that will be presented to us.”

For more information about UNCSW, contact Main.

Continuing its tradition of a strong presence at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), The Episcopal Church will be represented at UNCSW’s 60th Session March 14-24, 2016, by 20 Episcopal delegates and one Episcopal

Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, announced that applications are being accepted for a provincial delegate and up to 20 churchwide delegates to represent The Episcopal Church at the 60th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, NY, March 14-24, 2016.

The provincial delegate and the churchwide delegates will be able to attend the official UNCSW proceedings at the United Nations and will represent The Episcopal Church/Anglican Communion in their advocacy at the UN, including joint advocacy with the group Ecumenical Women.

The 2016 UNCSW Priority Theme is “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development.”  The Review Theme is “The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.” Information is available here 

Applications are open to an adult or youth (ages 14-19), women or men, who can speak to the Priority or Review Theme and are willing to participate in advocacy at UNSCW.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. 

Applicants should have a relevant role at the parish, diocesan and/or provincial level, be accountable to a diocesan or provincial authority, and have a process for reporting back to their local community after participating in UNCSW.

Delegates will be expected to be present in New York City for the UNSCW meeting March 11-25, or as close to the entire stay as possible. Delegates will be responsible for their own travel, housing and program expenses.

The delegates will be chosen by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.  All applicants will be notified by mid-October.

Application is available here

Deadline is September 15.

For more information contact Lynnaia Main, Global Relations Officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

 

 

Samuel McDonald, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Mission for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, announced that applications are being accepted for a provincial delegate and up to 20 churchwide delegates to represent The

The 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meeting in New York City March 9 to March 20 will bring women and men from The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion.

The 2015 UNCSW theme is a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Program for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.  See more here   

In 2015, the traditionally strong Anglican and Episcopal presence at UNCSW continues with over 100 participants representing 16 countries or Anglican provinces.  The Anglican Communion welcomes 20 accredited delegates, each officially representing her province. The Rev. Joan Grimm Fraser of the Diocese of Long Island will be the provincial delegate representing The Episcopal Church to the Anglican Communion delegation.

The Episcopal Church will be sending its first official delegation: Helen Achol Abyei, Diocese of Colorado; Nellie Adkins, Diocese of Virginia; (Lesley) Grace Aheron, Diocese of Virginia; Delores Alleyne, Diocese of Connecticut; Digna de la Cruz, Diocese of Dominican Republic; Jayce Hafner, Domestic Policy Analyst for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society; Julia Ayala Harris, Diocese of Oklahoma; Pragedes Coromoto Jimenez de Salazar, Diocese of Venezuela and a member of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church; Heidi Kim, Missioner for Racial Reconciliation for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society; Lelanda Lee, Diocese of Colorado and a member of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church; the Rev. Gawain de Leeuw, Diocese of New York; the Rev. Vaike Madisson, Diocese of Honduras; Lynnaia Main, Global Relations Officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society; Hollee Martinez, Diocese of Texas; the Rev. Glenda McQueen, Partnership Officer for Latin America & the Caribbean for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society; Erin Morey-Busch, Diocese of Pittsburgh; Consuelo Sanchez Navarro, Diocese of Honduras; Barbara Schafer, Diocese of Nevada; the Rev. Stacy Walker-Frontjes, Diocese of Chicago.

The provincial delegate and the Church delegates will be able to attend the UNCSW official meetings as observers on the floor of the United Nations and will represent The Episcopal Church/Anglican Communion in their advocacy, including joint advocacy with the coalition group Ecumenical Women. They will be able to report on United Nations meetings during evening debriefs, speak about official Episcopal Church and Ecumenical Women priorities with United Nations entities and permanent mission representatives, attend parallel events, and reflect during UNCSW on how they can take the knowledge when they return to their communities and train new women leaders.

In addition to the official Anglican and Episcopal delegations, many other groups and individuals will gather in New York City to attend UNCSW, including the Anglican Church of Canada, St. George’s Church in Fredericksburg, VA (Diocese of Virginia), Anglican Women’s Empowerment, Episcopal Church Women, and the Offices of Indigenous Ministries and Global Partnerships of The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. Two members of The Episcopal Church Executive Council’s Committee on the Status of Women and other interested individuals will also be present.

Of note for the event:

  • The Episcopal Church will host an opening Eucharist on Monday, March 9 in the Chapel of Christ the Lord in the Episcopal Church Center, as well a closing Eucharist on March 20.  Both services will begin at 12:10 pm Eastern and will incorporate the stories, songs and experiences of the delegates. The UNCSW Opening Eucharist will be celebrated by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori with Bishop Chilton Knudsen, Assistant bishop in Diocese of Long Island, preaching. The Prayers of the People were written by the youth delegates from St. George’s Episcopal Church, Fredericksburg, VA. The Closing Eucharist on Friday, March 20 will be led by members of the Anglican Communion delegation.
  • Regular midday Eucharist worship will continue Monday-Friday in the Chapel of Christ the Lord, with special guest celebrants throughout UNCSW: March 10, the Rev. Dr. Shane Phelan, CMA (Diocese of New York); March 17, the Rev. Viktoria Gotting (Diocese of Texas); March 18, the Rev. Canon Jeanne Person (Diocese of New York); March 19, the Rev. Stacy Walker-Frontjes (Diocese of Chicago).
  • The Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations will host two events in the Chapel of Christ the Lord: on March 10, Dr. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary, World YWCA will speak.  On March 12, Archbishop Sir David Moxon, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Personal Representative to the Holy See, will celebrate the midday Eucharist, followed by a presentation in the Chapel of Christ the Lord.
  • On March 10 the Rev. Canon Dr. Alice Medcof, Anglican Communion delegate, will host a storytelling conversation on “Holding High the Platform” and the Diocese of Jerusalem will host a presentation.
  • Anglican Women’s Empowerment will host a Lunch and Learn event with Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori on March 11, as well as a parallel event at the Church Center for the United Nations.

 

The Episcopal Church Center, located one block from the United Nations, will provide hospitality space for participants and will host advocacy debriefs by Ecumenical Women, an international coalition of faith-based organizations accredited to the United Nations. The Episcopal Church is co-chair of Ecumenical Women and both The Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion are members. 

Anglican and Episcopal delegates will also participate in Ecumenical Women’s advocacy, including training, ecumenical worship, visiting permanent missions at the United Nations, and continuing advocacy upon return to their local communities.

For more info contact Lynnaia Main, Global Relations Officer.

 

 

For complete details, schedule and more information:

UNCSW 59: www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw59-2015

UN Women’s Beijing  Turns 20 beijing20.unwomen.org/

UN Women: www.unwomen.org  

Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations www.aco.org/ministry/un/  

Global Partnerships: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/global-partnerships

Ecumenical Women: www.ecumenicalwomen.org

 

    

 

 

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The 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meeting in New York City March 9 to March 20 will bring women and men from The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion. The 2015 UNCSW theme is a review

With the 2015 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meeting on the horizon, The Episcopal Church submitted its first ever official written statement to the 59th Session last October detailing persistent challenges to women’s empowerment and gender equality and offering action steps. 

2015 UNCSW

This year, UNCSW will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The document outlined 12 Critical Areas of Concern in which progress needs to be made to empower women and girls.

The Episcopal Church’s statement identified four Critical Areas of Concern as “persistent gaps [that] continue to impede gender equality and empowerment of women and girls”, twenty years after Beijing: Violence against women; Education and training of women; Women and health; Women in power and decision-making positions.

“As people of faith, Episcopalians especially are called to lift up women and girls who frequently are marginalized or forgotten: women with disabilities, women of color, women from ethnic minorities, women refugees and immigrants, girls displaced by war or sent abroad by themselves, lesbians and transgender individuals, indigenous women, older women, enslaved and trafficked women, women who are heads of single-family households, and women in developing countries,” the document states.

The Statement in full is located here

Ecumenical Women

In addition, The Episcopal Church joined other members of Ecumenical Women in submitting a joint written statement, located here 

Ecumenical Women is a coalition of Christian denominations and organizations,  including the Anglican Consultative Council, Association of Presbyterian Women of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Church Women United, Lutheran World Federation, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), The Salvation Army, Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church – Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries, Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women and the World Young Women's Christian Association, and associates including Anglican Women’s Empowerment, the National Council of Churches of Christ (USA) and Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

The advocacy priorities highlighted in the Ecumenical Women statement are: Violence and discrimination against women; Poverty, inequalities and climate change; Education and training of women and girls; and Women and health – full access to reproductive health and informed decision-making.

Together, The Episcopal Church’s written statement, along with Ecumenical Women’s joint written statement – of which The Episcopal Church is a signatory – will be the foundations by which The Episcopal Church’s first official delegation will represent the Church at this year’s UNCSW.  Delegates will be encouraged to highlight the statements’ priorities, adding their own research, stories and information from their local perspectives, in order to illustrate the themes and communicate about them at the United Nations, and in their local communities once they return home.

For more information contact Lynnaia Main, Officer for Global Relations for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With the 2015 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meeting on the horizon, The Episcopal Church submitted its first ever official written statement to the 59th Session last October detailing persistent challenges to women’s