Nine extremely talented young adult women ranging in age from 19 to 26 will participate in the UNCSW from Feb 27 to March 6 through a joint effort within the Episcopal Church’s Mission Leadership Center of the Women’s and Young Adult Leadership areas. The group is diverse in their cultural backgrounds and education, but all have had opportunities to take leadership roles in the church and in other NGO’s.
The most defining characteristic, however, is their passion for human rights for women.
“In my ministry with some of the brightest young adults in our country, I am struck not just by their intelligence, but by their passion to contribute something positive to the world. At the same time, they are not naïve about the challenges we face. This is, after all, the generation that came of age on 9/11 and has always known about global warming. To involve these young women at a level that engages both the church and the political realm seems to me to be a marvelous way to connect them with structures through which they can channel their passion for justice,” says the Rev. Stacy Alan, Chaplain, Brent House, The Episcopal Center at the University of Chicago.
The members of the group are: Areeta Bridgemohan, Allison Adair, Catherine Healy, Laura Eberly, Karen Longenecker, Amy Porterfield, Kate Lemler, Andrea de la Torre, and J. Kiku Langford.
“Throughout my college experience I have focused on the issue of women’s rights in the modern, developing world and the effects of international development on women. I have been able to explore these issues through my classes—such as Women in the Developing World, Social Problems, Sociology of Gender, Global Politics, International Political Economy and United Nations Field Study—as well as through internships with the Kentucky Commissioner for Human Support Services, and at Tanzania Media Women’s Association in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. However, attending the UNCSW would give me an unparalleled opportunity to interact with women from all over the world who are interested in the same issues. It would give me a chance to bring my past experience to the table and to learn from others with much more experience. Most of all it would help me to have a larger idea and picture of the status of women worldwide that I could never garner in the classroom or even through my experiences in developing countries.” -Allison Adair, age 21, Hanover College in Indiana
This is the 7th year that women from around the Anglican Communion have participated as delegates to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York. In addition to the young adult women’s delegation, there will be another 30 international delegates, 25 US delegates and 17 Canadian delegates this year.