Women’s Ministries at the National Council of Churches is again offering its Young Women’s Leadership Experience at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.  This project, conducted annually, provides an opportunity for women 18 to 30 years of age to be involved in the ecumenical movement through women’s issues at the United Nations. We are currently seeking applications for the Young Women’s Leadership Experience to be held February 26 to March 3 in conjunction with the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations. 

This 5 day experience will provide orientation to the NCC, Ecumenical Women at the UN, the UN, and the 2010 CSW theme: Beijing +15, Review of the Beijing Platform for Action (see attached Fact Sheet for more).  As visitors to the UN-CSW, participants will get a small taste of the UN events as well as participate in exciting side-events at the Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN) and connect with Religions for Peace North American Women of Faith Network. 

The application dead line *has been extended to* November 30, 2009, so please take a moment now to decide who you should encourage to apply and send them the information TODAY.  Electronic versions of this material are available from Ann Tiemeyer, Women’s Ministries Program Director, at atiemeyer@ncccusa.org.  Applicants will be responsible for their travel cost, $100 registration, and four meals.  The NCC will cover cost of housing, additional meals, and administrative cost.  Although limited additional scholarship is available through the NCC, we hope mentors and/or their member communion would also consider financially supporting a young woman in this leadership experience.  Encouragement of new leaders comes in many forms – verbal invitations, financial support, prayers, and mentorship.  Please reach out today to a new leader with this exciting opportunity.  

Click here for an application, facts sheet, and tentative schedule for the UN-CSW Young Women’s Leadership Experience.   Please note the application lists other potential experiences.  If someone you know cannot participate in this event, but would like to be considered for future Young Women Leadership Experiences, please encourage them to complete the application and check the appropriate space.  We will add their name to our data base and contact them directly with future information.   Thank you for your assistance in identifying appropriate applicants.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Ann at 212-870-3407 (office).