United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)

Episcopalians have long been a part of the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).

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December 16, 2020

By: Kathy Mank, UTO Board Financial Secretary

During COVID-19, women seeking survival from gender-based violence have overwhelmed women’s crisis shelters and social justice agencies. Quarantining and lockdowns make it difficult to escape an aggressor who is an intimate partner. In 1991, Rutgers University...

November 11, 2020

By: Maria Gonzalez, Diocese of Olympia (Province VIII) / , By: Maria Gonzalez, Diócesis de Olympia (Provincia VIII)

Several years ago, my abue gave me some advice: “Ve a escuela. Aprende algo útil para que puedas sostenerte.” Go to school. Learn something useful to sustain yourself. Her advice was simple, but her tone was resolute. I don’t know where we were when she told me this,...

November 5, 2020

By: Isabelle Watkins (Julia Chester intern, United Thank Offering) / , By: Isabelle Watkins (Pasante de Julia Chester, La Ofrenda Unida de Acción de Gracias (UTO))

In 2020 alone, the world has seen a record number of environmental disasters. Forest fires raged across Australia for 6 months, burning land, homes, animals, and human lives. Twenty thousand tons of oil leaked into a Russian river. West Bengal braced for a cyclone,...

October 30, 2020

By: Yunjeong Seol, Diocese of New York (Province II) / , By: Yunjeong Seol, Diócesis de Nueva York (Provincia II)

How many women reporters do you see in the media? How many women in the digital space experienced harassment? Are women viewed and treated as God’s image that are worthy of dignity in the media?

(The answers are here. Globally, only 1 in 3...

October 16, 2020

By: Ellen Lindeen, Diocese of Chicago, (Province V) / , By: Ellen Lindeen, Diócesis de Chicago (Provincia V)

Anyone who was at least 10 years old in 1995 will likely remember the First Lady of the United States Hillary Clinton’s statement during her speech at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. She declared: “Women’s rights are...

October 11, 2020

By: Nancy Kaymar Stafford, Diocese of Rhode Island (Province I) / , By: Nancy Kaymar Stafford, Diócesis de Rhode Island (Provincia I)

The Beijing Platform for Action highlights the importance of “national machineries” for the advancement of women. The United Nations defines those as bodies “recognized by the government as the institution dealing with the promotion of the status of...

October 1, 2020

By: Tatiana Perea Hoecker, Diocese of West Texas (Province VII) / , By: Tatiana Perea Hoecker, Diócesis del Oeste de Texas (Provincia VII)

When speaking about women in leadership and decision-making roles, we often hear the phrase: Bring people to the table. This could be a physical table, a virtual table, a metaphorical table, or even the dinner table. As Episcopalians, we often speak...

September 17, 2020

By: Coromoto Jimenez de Salazar, Diócesis de Venezuela (IX Provincia), By: / Coromoto Jimenez de Salazar, Diocese of Venezuela (Province IX)

En la Declaración y Plataforma de Acción de Beijing, los países establecieron como objetivo la Igualdad entre los géneros, reconocieron que las metas y los compromisos establecidos no se habían cumplido ni logrado plenamente y acoraron nuevas iniciativas a nivel local...

September 10, 2020

By: Nancy Kaymar Stafford, Diocese of Rhode Island (Province I) , By: / Nancy Kaymar Stafford, Diócesis de Rhode Island (Provincia I)

In 2012, I stood at the Genocide Museum in Kigali, Rwanda and was sickened by the crimes perpetrated against women and girls during the Rwandan Genocide. I had seen the same at Tuol Tleng in Phnom Penh, Cambodia several years earlier and heard similar stories from...

September 3, 2020

By: Nancy Kaymar Stafford, Diocese of Rhode Island (Province I), By: / Nancy Kaymar Stafford, Diócesis de Rhode Island (Provincia I)

The Beijing Platform for Action states that “Violence against women is an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of equality, development and peace.” When people talk about violence against women, they generally think about domestic violence or sexual assault,...

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The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was established as a functional commission of the Ec