United Methodist Women is an agency of The United Methodist Church, with 800,000 members engaged in mission and advocacy for women, children and youth around the world. United Methodist Women owns and manages the Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN) and makes the building available to the UN-NGO community (non-governmental organizations associated with the United Nations).
Globally, United Methodist Women works to empower women and girls in the most marginalized communities through integrated social and economic development, advocacy, education and leadership development. Women are central to development, and women’s experiences must be at the core of decision-making and policy-making at all levels. The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide for advancing women’s human rights. United Methodist Women commits to enabling and creating space for women who are directly affected to claim their human rights and to hold governments accountable for the implementation of SDGs.
We believe in genuine “empowerment” that recognizes women’s local knowledge, skills and leadership and engages them in decision-making. Therefore, while addressing women’s critical development concerns, we listen to their voice and look to their leadership.
We invite you to join us for the following seminars and workshops:
Developing a Common Feminist Faith Discourse to Achieve Gender Equality
Monday, March 14, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Baha’i Office at 866 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017
This workshop is held in partnership with YWCA. More info can be found here: http://bit.ly/1oL1qPe
Empowering Women to End Hunger
Tuesday, March 15, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., CCUN, 2nd Floor
Description: Women from diverse regions working in business, government and grassroots communities discuss why achieving gender equality is necessary to end hunger and boost inclusive economies through sustainable consumption and production. Women will share the experiences, strategies and tools they utilize in their efforts to mobilize to advance Sustainable Development Goal 2, ending hunger, and Sustainable Development Goal 5, achieving full gender equality.
A groundbreaking 2013 report by United Nations Women titled “Gender Equality and Food Security” demonstrated that women’s empowerment is a key factor in ending hunger. Emphasizing the importance of a holistic approach, the speakers on this panel will stress the need to ensure women’s full participation and integration in the economic and political lives of their nations
After brief introductory panel remarks, the five women on the panel will split the attendees into discussion groups to engage in interactive dialogue and answer questions, each through her own lens, about issues including fair trade in Israel/Palestine, SMEs (small- and medium-size enterprises) in Ukraine, grassroots activism in Honduras, agricultural extension in Zimbabwe, and workers’ rights in Bangladesh. Presented together, their stories will further illustrate how women’s empowerment and ending hunger are inextricably linked.
Sponsors: United Methodist Women; UN-NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger; Grassroots International
How Will You Join Rural Women in implementing the SDGS
Wednesday, March 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., CCUN, 2nd Floor
Description: With the support of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and a key partnership with United Methodist Women, the Huairou Commission has led a global initiative to bring together women from within and without its network to frame rural women’s development priorities in relation to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This partnership building and policy advocacy initiative was designed to advocate for policies that promote dynamic, equitable rural economies and support rural communities and settlements efforts to become more secure and resilient during the next chapter in their development.
To accomplish this, several grassroots women leaders have been positioned as champions of rural priorities in strategic policy advocacy arenas, and eighteen rural grassroots women’s organizations have conducted dialogues with their national- and local-level governments on or around the International Day for Disaster Reduction and the International Day of Rural Women (October 13 and 15, respectively). This parallel event will feature two ambassadors for rural women and the partnerships that they have developed within their respective governments, and the efforts taken by all to enact a transformative rural development agenda. Participants will learn about rural women’s policy priorities, partnerships and innovative approaches on the ground, which can be used as a model for the empowerment of rural women and their communities worldwide.
Sponsors: United Methodist Women; Huairou Commission; International Fund for Agricultural Development; Permanent Mission of Nicaragua to the United Nations
Empowering Women in Migration: Development Justice and Government Accountability for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Thursday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., CCUN, 2nd Floor
Description: Empowering Women in Migration is not only about migrant women, but also about all women affected by migration, for example women whose families are separated when husbands or children migrate; women who may be forced to migrate with family members or to escape domestic or anti-LGBT violence; and women detained, trafficked or exploited in transit while trying to migrate. In this participatory workshop, we will explore women in migration in the context of the global economy and global inequalities, looking at different ways that survival migration affects women within and across different world regions. The SDGs must be read in the context of the broader global economic and policy climate, which in reality restricts the possibility for implementation of the SDGs. We will explore tensions between the development goals and economic forces that undermine those goals—and the need for cross-sectoral social movements that can make implementation possible.
Sponsors: Women and Global Migration Working Group and member organizations, including:
- Alianza Americas
- Global Migration Policy Associates
- International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
- Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración/Institute for Women in Migration
- National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)
- RESPECT Network Europe
- United Methodist Women
- World YWCA
Women’s Leadership in the Korea Peace Process
Thursday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., CCUN, Boss Room, 8th Floor
Description: Women peacemakers from North Korea, South Korea, Japan and the United States will share how women are actively working across national boundaries for peace and the reunification of Korea. On May 24, 2015, thirty women peacemakers from fifteen countries around the world crossed the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from North Korea to South Korea calling for the end of the Korean War that has divided three generations of Korean families. They walked with 10,000 Korean women on both sides of the DMZ and held peace symposia in Pyongyang and Seoul. Following the historic peace walk, international women peacemakers brought North and South Korean women together for a Women’s Peace Summit in Bali, Indonesia, to build trust, deepen understanding and explore strategies for implementation of UNSCR 1325 and a transnational peace and demilitarization campaign. Women peacemakers from North Korea, South Korea, the United States and Japan will share the outcomes of the Women’s Peace Summit.
Sponsors: Women Cross DMZ; United Methodist Women; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Women and Urbanization: Celebrating Their Leadership in Ensuring Sustainable Development
Friday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., CCUN, 2nd Floor
Description: Ever since the U.N. established wide-ranging resolutions that empower women and help establish gender equity, women have gained recognition for their transformational roles in creating and implementing bottom-up initiatives to improve their own lives while ensuring resilient and sustainable communities, advancing gender equity and claiming space in policy and decision-making forums. However, despite these significant advancements, power inequities still prevail in the policy, decision-making and participatory processes of urban planning. Previously approved laws and legislation are not adequately enforced or implemented, and further engendered legislation needs to be promoted and passed.
This parallel event will present the critical issues and policy recommendations to address gender equity and women’s empowerment identified during the Expert Group Meeting on Engendering the New Urban Agenda jointly sponsored by the Huairou Commission and the Habitat III Secretariat, which took place from September 29–30, 2015. These recommendations also promote initiatives of grassroots women that are created and implemented from the ground up. Join us to hear how you can empower women in your community and join national and international movements for gender equity.
Sponsors: United Methodist Women; Huairou Commission; Habitat III Civil Society Working Group
All events take place at the Church Center for the United Nations.
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