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The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. United Methodist Women is an active participant in this annual global gathering, especially through its Church Center for the United Nations. 

Beijing+20: Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity

U.N. Women launches Beijing+20 Campaign that imagines a world in which gender equality is a reality for every woman and girl.

Today I call on everyone to be part of the solution. Picture it! Together we can realize the promise of Beijing: Equality between women and men.
—U.N. Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
On June 26, U.N. Women will host a public launch of its Beijing+20 Campaign at the Apollo Theater in New York City. The event and campaign are dedicated to drawing attention to the state of women’s rights today and to mobilizing action around the work on women’s rights and empowerment 20 years after the last world conference on women in Beijing in 1995. The event will also provide an excellent opportunity to amplify the voices of grass-roots women, to expand the network of all women and to hear more intersections of issues impacting women. 

At the Beijing+20 launch event United Methodist Women will be represented by General Secretary and CEO Harriett Olson, Executive for Global Justice Tatiana Dwyer, Program Advisory Group member Millie Grey (Greater New Jersey Conference) and Social Action Coordinator Claris Skeritt (New York Conference).

This launch event looks ahead to the 59th annual U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), during which participants will review the progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. For decades CSW has been a global forum for enhancing the rights of women, and for years United Methodist Women has been an active participant.

The Fourth World Conference on Women brought together governmental delegations from 189 countries to finalize the document, which spelled out common actions to improve the lives of women and girls. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action identified 12 Critical Areas of Concern as key to empowerment of women: women and poverty, education and training of women, health, violence against women, armed conflict, economic inequality, power and decision making, institutional mechanisms for advancement, environment, the girl child, women’s rights, and women and the media.

At the Fourth World Conference, then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton asserted: “Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights.” This simple phrase affirmed all claims and hopes of millions of women across the globe. United Methodist Women was an active participant at the Fourth World Conference. Prior to the conference, United Methodist Women members, many of them on their own, attended the NGO Forum on Women in Huairou, China.

The U.N. and women’s groups, including United Methodist Women, have been working on the issues as defined by the Beijing Declaration for 20 years, and we will evaluate, assess and expand on the current areas that still need addressing at CSW59.

For live coverage of the event, follow us on Twitter at @UMWomen.
| 6/26/2014 7:41:43 AM | 0 comments
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