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Hi everyone, with only 4 days remaining before the 57th Commission on the Status of Women begins on 4 March at United Nations Headquarters in New York, we at Ecumenical Women will be providing you with daily thoughts, video, quotes and prayers that inspire our work.

Boys and men play an important role in eliminating all forms of violence against girls and women.  Furthermore, we know that violence against girls and women hurts boys and men as well.  With those facts in mind, today we post The Man Prayer,” a short film by Tony Stroebel with words by Eve Ensler.  It provides a powerful example of what it means to develop a positive sense of masculinity.  Thanks so much, and we look forward to seeing you at CSW57!

Hi everyone, with only 5 days remaining before the 57th Commission on the Status of Women begins on 4 March at United Nations Headquarters in New York, we at Ecumenical Women will be providing you with daily thoughts, video, quotes and prayers that inspire our work.

Today’s post is an amazing video from PreciiousSiikh, a young vlogger from Canada we recently began following on YouTube.  Through word, image and music, PreciiousSiikh presents a powerful message about why we need to eliminate all forms of violence against girls and women.

 

Hi everyone, with only 6 days remaining before the 57th Commission on the Status of Women begins on 4 March at United Nations Headquarters in New York, we at Ecumenical Women will be providing you with daily thoughts, video, quotes and prayers that inspire our work.

Today’s post is from The Episcopal Cafe, a website “where Episcopalians and those interested in our church can read, watch, listen and reflect upon contemporary life in a context informed by faith and animated by the spirit of charity.”

One article on the Episcopal Cafe’s Lead news blog reports on a flash mob that took place at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland on 14 February 2013 as part of the One Billion Rising movement to end violence against girls and women.  Take a minute to watch video footage of this powerful event:


For more information, you can read the article in full here.

Hi everyone, with only 7 days remaining before the 57th Commission on the Status of Women begins on 4 March at United Nations Headquarters in New York, we at Ecumenical Women will be providing you with daily thoughts, video, quotes and prayers that inspire our work.  Today’s post is a video of Leymah Gbowee’s inspiring words at last year’s CSW about men, religious leaders and radicalizing the church.

 

Young Adult delegates related to Ecumenical Women are invited to gather for Contextual Bible Study (Mark 14:3-9) and Worship Planning on Sunday, 3 March.  On Monday, 4 March the group will lead morning worship in the Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN) Chapel.  This Bible study / worship planning event is coordinated by the Church Women United / National Council of Churches Women’s Ministries young adult delegation and will take place at The Interchurch Center in Manhattan’s Upper Westside neighborhood.  It also requires an RSVP by this Thursday to atiemeyer@nccusa.org in order to get into the building.

Event: Contextual Bible Study and Worship Planning
Who: Young Adult participants to CSW from delegations related to Ecumenical Women
When: Sunday, 3 March 3 from 3 pm to 5:30 pm (Gather at 7:30am the following day to practice for worship at CCUN)
Where: The Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY (Enter building at 61 Claremont @ 120th Street, one block west of Broadway)

RSVP REQUIRED: No later than Thursday, 28 February at 12 noon to atiemeyer@nccusa.org.

hen_broodHi everyone, with only 8 days remaining before the 57th Commission on the Status of Women begins on 4 March at United Nations Headquarters in New York, we at Ecumenical Women will be providing you with daily thoughts, video, quotes and prayers that inspire our work.  Those of you attending churches that use the Revised Common Lectionary this Sunday may have noticed that today’s appointed gospel message, Luke 13: 31 – 35, put forward an immensely powerful feminine image of God:

31At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, ‘Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.’ 32He said to them, ‘Go and tell that fox for me, “Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. 33Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed away from Jerusalem.” 34Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” ’ (NRSV)

In this passage Jesus uses two metaphors, the first of which describes Herod as a fox, as someone cunning and destructive.  The second metaphor helps to clarify the first, as Jesus describes himself as a hen protecting her chicks.  Those sisters and brothers living in more agrarian communities will recognize the dichotomy that Jesus is setting up here:  God is a compassionate, strong mother protecting her children, an image contrasted with Herod who as a fox has set out to kill the young chicks.

While Herod himself is long gone, who do you think are the Herod’s of our own time?  As we prepare to work toward the elimination of all forms of violence against girls and women at CSW, we pray that God works through our advocacy to protect all Her children.

Hi everyone, with only 9 days remaining before the 57th Commission on the Status of Women begins on 4 March at United Nations Headquarters in New York, we at Ecumenical Women will be providing you with daily thoughts, video, quotes and prayers that inspire our work.  In order to represent the sense of connection and partnership we feel between our various church bodies and organizations, today’s post links to a schedule of all our affiliated organizations individual parallel events during CSW57.

For the full schedule, click here.  Thanks so much, and we look forward to seeing you at CSW57!

Hi everyone, with only 10 days remaining before the 57th Commission on the Status of Women begins on 4 March at United Nations Headquarters in New York, we at Ecumenical Women will be providing you with daily thoughts, video, quotes and prayers that inspire our work.  What follows is a brief video from UN Women’s Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign and a prayer that we used for devotionals before our monthly meeting last Friday.  We hope you find both as inspiring as we have, and we greatly look forward to seeing you at CSW57!



Prayer:
As we gather in faith and action to promote a more secure and peaceful world, we pray to challenge ourselves and strengthen our voices, in collaboration with others, to end violence against women. As people of faith, we stand united to affirm our roles in educating, advocating and preventing violence against women and girls. We pray that we may open hearts and minds to support women and girls. We draw our actions from our deeply shared spiritual assets and religious resources of the inviolable dignity of every human person. Where there is challenge or despair, may we hold to hope and inspire vision as we act together for peace to end violence against women.

EW Web Logo Click here to view Ecumenical Women’s recommendation document to member state governments at CSW57. Our Advocacy Team has been hard at work to make sure each individual recommendation cites previously agreed upon language in a number of UN resolutions.



Check out this brief video update from Dustin Wright, a member of our Communications Team, on the work Ecumenical Women is doing to prepare for the 57th Commission on the Status of Women.  See you at CSW57!

Ecumenical Women:

absolutely amazing post (and a great blog in general about #CSW57)

Originally posted on Observations at the UN Commission on the Status of Women:

A friend recently asked me:
I do not know if the intent of the blog is to lead to some concrete action.
If so, then I will start at the root of the problem. “violence against
women” is an anonymous and vague topic.

Do you mean “women against women?”
“men against women?”
“children against women?”
“societal laws limiting women, men, and children?”

If you had to assign different weight to each of these scenarios what will
the criteria be and what will be the corresponding weight?
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Good questions to address, so here goes.

First – this issue is definitely a personal one. I hesitated to write because so much came up for me as I thought about my own life experiences, but I decided to share some of the things that happened to me.

I was 8 years old, in second grade. It was late in the summer or…

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A draft document of agreed conclusions for the CSW57 priority theme, “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls,” was recently posted on the UN’s CSW57 website.  For the full text of the document, click here.  Throughout CSW, Ecumenical Women will work to influence the final form of the agreed conclusions document.  Thanks so much, and we greatly look forward to seeing you at CSW!

We have a big announcement friends!  Ms. Michelle Bachelet, the first Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women has confirmed that she will be joining us for part of our CSW Orientation!  For a full bio on Ms. Bachelet, click here.  She will speak to our group from 12-1230pm and then be present for individual questions and photos until 1pm.

Registration for the EW Orientation closes this Thursday, 14 February, so be sure to click here and register if you haven’t yet done so.

Be sure to check out the following statement Ms. Bachelet released for the 2012 International Day to End Violence Against Women as well:

Burmese Girl photo by Rusty Stewart.As Ecumenical Women is busy making last minute preparations for the 57th Commission on the Status of Women that begins on Monday, 4 March, we wanted to highlight a recent article by Vandana Shiva entitled: “Our Violent Economy is Hurting Women.”  The article, which you find in it’s entirety here, discusses the relationship between unjust economic policies and the recent intensification of violence against girls as women.  Here’s a short excerpt:

Violence against women has taken on new and more vicious forms as traditional patriarchal structures have hybridized with the structures of capitalist patriarchy. We need to examine the connections between the violence of unjust, unsustainable economic systems and the growing frequency and brutality of violence against women. We need to see how the structures of traditional patriarchy merge with the emerging structures of capitalist patriarchy to intensify violence against women.

As the priority theme for CSW57 is “elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls,” we thought Ms. Shiva’s article was particularly timely.  Happy reading, and we hope to see you at CSW57!

 

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That’s right folks, after long last, Ecumenical Women is now on Pinterest!  Pinterest is a new social media site that organizes information through a virtual picture pinboard.  These “pins” can then be liked, repinned and also hashtagged for Twitter.  Our Pinterest account even links to our Facebook Page as well.  This year for CSW57, we’ll be encouraging our delegates to share pictures from their experience throughout the Commission on the Status of Women as well as other relevant images they find on the web through our Pinterest account.

From now until CSW57 begins, we’ll be loading up photos from last year’s CSW to our Pinterest account, so check us out now and be sure to check back frequently:

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Additionally, here are a few links to other relevant Pinterest pages you might enjoy:

Happy pinning, and we hope to see you at CSW57!

CSW58

10 – 21 March 2014

Priority theme:
“Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.”

To read EW's CSW58 Joint Advocacy Statement, click here.

For a calendar of all Ecumenical Women affiliated parallel and side events, click here.

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  • Teacher Helped by School Meals Inspires Girls in Malawi
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