Last year, along with my mom, eldest daughter and her friend, had the privilege of attending the 57th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. It was the first time that I had attending any official UN gathering, but more than that it was a powerful experience to spend time with folks advocating for the rights, visibility and dignity of women and girls around the world. Far from perfect or devoid of politics and posturing, this is a global event worth tracking to find out how much we don’t know and plants seeds for action in the world.
If you would like to keep up with the Presbyterian Church (USA) delegation, here is a portion of a recent Discipleship in the Global Community eBlast I received from the Director of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations, Mark Koenig.
The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women began its meeting on March 10 and will continue until March 21. This functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council will make recommendations on “challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.” Sources of information about the Commission include:
- Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations’ Facebook page
- Presbyterian Women’s Facebook page
- Racial Ethnic Young Women Together’s Facebook page
- National Network of Presbyterian College Women’s Facebook Page
- The Swords into Plowshares blog
- Ecumenical Women’s blog
- Ecumenical Women’s Facebook page
- The Commission on the Status of Women’s Facebook page
- UN Women’s Web page