P1000168Dear Ecumenical Women,

How wonderful it was to be with you all in New York City earlier this spring.  Especially wonderful was the outcome of the Commission: reaching Agreed Conclusions! You can read the Agreed Conclusions (available in all six UN languages) here.  Our advocacy team has also prepared a document about the outcomes directly related to the Ecumenical Women advocacy talking points we spent so much energy promoting—language relating to all three of our priority themes was included!  You can find that document here.

This is a great success, and it is just the beginning.  If you haven’t already, take some time to read through the Agreed Conclusions and identify the areas where your government needs to take action.  Share the story of your participation at the UN CSW and use the Agreed Conclusions as the basis for advocacy work at home.

How are you using what you learned at the CSW in your home country, region, or neighborhood?  We’d love to hear about it!  Send an email with your follow-up story to ecumenicalwomen@gmail.com and we will post it on the Ecumenical Women blog: www.ecumenicalwomen.org.   The stories, reflections and videos posted on our blog during CSW are good resources too; think about how you might be able to use them in your own context to tell about the CSW.

As we continue to lift up the priorities of the 57th CSW, we are also preparing for the 58th.  Soon, we will be asking for your input on specific themes related to the topic of CSW58, “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.”  Visit http://www.worldwewant2015.org/ to learn more and share your point of view!

Although we are scattered around the world, we remain connected by our prayers and actions to bring about a world in which women and men, girls and boys, can live into the full expression of God’s creation.

With you in hope,

Rev. Meagan Manas
Chair, Ecumenical Women at the United Nations