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An international group of young women from The Grail led worship on Monday, March 5.  They closed the service with the following prayer:

Infinitive reality,
Unending in time,
Unending in every direction,
You surround us,
You pervade us.

Everywhere we look,
There you are.
We swim in a sea that is made of you.
Our every cell is made of you.

Lift every concern from our hearts;
For we are filled with your being.
Give us awareness that always and everywhere,
We rest in you,
Now and forever.

Amen

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In life, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate and fight for.

Caroline from Sweden, during a discussion about the role of rural women in the discussion of Rio+20.  She was highlighting about the need to include women’s participation in all levels of sustainable development discussions. -Daniele Peter, LWF

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Tell them things really aren’t that bad in Gaza

Palestinian speaker on panel in Presbyterian side event on stories her friend in Gaza asked her to bring to CSW.

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Prostitution is not a noun.

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Once we leave this room, once we leave the wonderful communion and cooperation of the UNCSW, we are all going to be competing for the same resources.  Because of the  current state of the economy, we cannot afford to compete.  Instead we must learn to collaborate with each other and coordinate our goals in order to achieve the change we all desire.

Panel speaker at UN Foundation side event

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The Church needs to go back to social justice.

Expand access to resources
Mobilise resources
Political will at all levels
Organise women to participate
Work with men
Education of women starting with girls
Rural focus

Rural Women’s Speak Out

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Men are the same everywhere.

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Education is the lifewire for any development of rural women

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At a panel on reproductive and sexual rights, Bisi Adeleye-Fayomi said some AMAZING words.  Bisi is the President of AWDF (African Women’s Development Fund) in Nigeria.  She is also the first lady (wife of the governor) of her state.  She was so passionate as she spoke.  The amin point she left with me was words of wisdom to more on.  She asked “Are you in the right place?”  The audience looking confused, she went on…”Do you have passion? Do you have leverage? Do you have anger? Do you have courage? Do you have energy?  So, let me ask you again, Are you in the right place?”  The crowd went wild!  As I move on from the CSW I am currently at a crossroad of my life as a recent college grad, but I will move on with these six powerful questions.

Sarah Gardner, Ecumenical Women, Episcopal Young Adult Delegation.

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Jesus didn’t have a bank account…

Leymah Gbowee in a meeting with Ecumenical Women

Uya-i mose tina mate

Come all you people, come
and praise your Maker

(Shona, language spoken in Zimbabwe).  We sang this song at the EW opening celebration.  The theme of women’s access to water, barriers to rural women.  We entered the chapel separated by our definitions we have, where we are from, what organization, etc., and we left as sisters, reminded that we are here to help our sisters.  Kathleen Stone created an inspiring, touching and meaningful experience.

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There are many ways to kill a woman; one of them is not respect her traditional knowledge of agriculture.

Rose, Nicaragua

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The women on the ground know what to do.

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The obstacles of secondary education in Liberia/Ghana are that only primary education is free.  So they met with the government–if they were serious about education, make Junior High School free, which they did

Leymah Gbowee at meeting with Ecumenical Women

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Approximately 63% of rural girls do not have a High School education.  Barriers to education are: poor or no roads; poor or no reliable transportation; the distance to school is too far and not a safe distance.  Also, there are no penalties for not sending kids to school

Eli Gushi, Kosovo Women’s Network

 

Just a reminder, the communication team is hosting “office hours” every day this week from 12-3!  Come on by!

 

Today, Linda came and set up a twitter account!

While she was here, she shared the quote that gives her strength during the CSW:

“Hope is a memory of the Future”

-Sr. Corita Kent

Registration for Orientation Day will be opening soon, but for now, mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb 25.  Orientation day will last from 8:30-5:30, including lunch and a reception for $35.  Check back soon to register!

To register your parallel event through NGO CSW, visit their webpage here, and note that there is an $80 fee and the deadline is Nov. 25!

Ecumenical Women at the United Nations has submitted its joint statement to the CSW.  You can read it here!  We will let you know when it is translated and officially posted by UN Women.

Official sign-ons by EW members with ECOSOC status:

Anglican Consultative Council
Association of Presbyterian Women of Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Church Women United
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Society of Catholic Medical Missionaries
The Salvation Army
General Board of Church and Society, the United Methodist Church
Women’s Division, General Board of Global Ministries, the United Methodist Church
World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women.

Unofficial Sign-ons: EW members with DPI or no UN status: 
Anglican Women’s Empowerment
The Episcopal Church
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.

The registration deadline for the consultation day offered by the NYC Non-Governmental Committee on the Status of Women is November 25!  You can read more and register online here.

Ecumenical Women needs to hear from you in preparation for the 56th Commission on the Status of Women at the UN!  The theme is “The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development, and current challenges.”  As Ecumenical Women in New York City and beyond gather to prepare advocacy documents and talking points, we need you help gathering as much information as possible from women in rural areas.  Please download this survey and send it out to your networks.  To be incorporated in advocacy work, the surveys must be returned by August 1, 2011 to ecumenicalwomen(at)gmail(dot)com.

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During advocacy briefings this week, a part of the conversation focused on the situations in Libya and Côte d’Ivoire.   Two Advocacy Tool resources grow out of those conversations.  Click here to download the Libya Advocacy Tool, and click here to download the Côte d’Ivoire Advocacy Tool.

They are intended as advocacy resources for  individuals and organizations  to use as appropriate – they include suggestions for their use – but they are only suggestions – feel free to adapt the material and use it in whatever way works for you or your organization.

These are peoples’ advocacy resources in that they are provided for the use of the people – whoever wants to engage in advocacy – however they are helpful – recognizing that no two individuals or organizations may use them in the same way.

They are also peoples’ advocacy resources in that they were created out of a collaborative process. Thanks to all who helped work on these resources – and to all who engaged in the conversations around this project. Those conversations helped shape these tools.

It might be helpful to the group as a whole if any of us who use these resources were to share that information with the group. That way we can learn from each other.  Please let us all know what actions you have taken by writing a comment to this post.

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All photos taken by Jennifer Becker.

Good news! Registration for the Ecumenical Women Orientation on February 27, 2010 and the Ecumenical Women dinners on March 2nd and 4th is now open.

You can now access the registration information and purchase tickets for the events at: http://ecumenicalwomen.eventbrite.com/

Please contact ecumenicalorientation@gmail.com with any questions regarding the events or registration.

Event details:

Orientation – Saturday, February 27, 2010, 8:00am-5:30pm

Delegates will receive an introduction to the structures and processes in the United Nations, and an overview of this year’s theme of the CSW: the 15-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). Includes 2 meals and Ecumenical Women Advocacy Guide. Party to follow the training!

Advocacy Dinner – Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 6:00 pm

Gather to reflect on our experiences thus far and consolidate our advocacy strategies for the days ahead. Dinner will be provided. The dinner will be held at the Church Center for the United Nations, 8th floor.

Advocacy Dinner – Thursday, March 4, 2010, 6:00 pm

Gather to reflect on our experiences thus far and consolidate our advocacy strategies for the days ahead. Dinner will be provided. The dinner will be held at the Church Center for the United Nations, 8th floor.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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).

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