This week I am in my second favorite city in the United States, New York.
The reason is not what you might think for this urbanite. I am here as part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) delegation to the 57th Session of the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women. It’s not a conference or an educational event, but a chance to help advocate for policies and positions that may help to improve the lives of women that we hope the UN members will adopt.
This year’s theme is “The Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls” so my main intent in coming is to accompany my eldest daughter, Evelyn, who is one of the few of the delegation who will have floor passes to the UN during the commission deliberations. I will be here to support her and others, help share activities through social media love and make sure she also sees some of The City.
We have orientation this weekend where we’ll learn more specifically about our advocacy work, but if you want to find out more about what’s going on throughout the commission here are some links to follow:
- Official UN Commission Page – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Live Streaming
- Ecumenical Women at the UN – Website | Facebook | Twitter | RESOURCE PAGE
- Twitter and Instagram Hashtags – #CSW57 | #ecuwomenCSW | #pcusaCSW
- We are pinning on Pinterest – CSW57 Board
- Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations – Facebook | Twitter
- Some of us are tweeting: @undainty | @sarahreyes | @wmkoenig | @bluebonnetfield | @breyeschow
- Some of us are blogging: Latitia Wells
International Women’s Day March.
For those in New York City for the CSW we invite you to join us for a local march on March 8th, 2013 from 10:00am-12:00pm.
- Assemble at First Avenue and 42nd Street starting at 10:00am.
- March will depart at 10:30am and will proceed to Third Avenue and 47th Street
- March ends at Dag Hammarskjold plaza where we will hear from women human right defenders from all over the world expressing their demands for a life free of violence against women and girls and commemorating our day!
- The rally will end at 12pm.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Presbyterian Women are among the many co-sponsors of this march. AWID (Association for Women’s Rights in Development), the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, United Methodist Women and the Women & Global Migration Working Group are the primary sponsors and organizers.
From the Association for Women’s Rights in Development
During the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57), taking place at the United Nations in New York from March 4-15, 2013, Member State representatives will discuss the advances they have made in the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. In response to this discussion AWID, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, United Methodist Women and the Women & Global Migration Working Group are calling on women’s organizations around the world to hold rallies, marches and vigils on International Women’s Day, Friday March 8, 2013, to advocate that States respond, protect, and prevent violence against women and girls in all their diversity!
This march calls on States to take concrete steps to end impunity, one of the biggest challenges to achieving justice in cases of violence against women; fund programs and services for gender equality and the realization of human rights; decrease military spending, one of the driving forces of violence against women; and protect women human rights defenders, who are at the forefront of defending women’s rights and who face increased levels of gender-based violence globally.