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Applications accepted for Episcopal delegates to March 2017 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

August 1, 2016

Applications are being accepted for a provincial delegate and up to 20 churchwide delegates to represent the Episcopal Church at the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, NY, March 13-24, 2017.

The provincial delegate and the churchwide delegates will be able to attend the official UNCSW proceedings at the United Nations and will represent the Episcopal Church/Anglican Communion in their advocacy at the UN, including joint advocacy with the group Ecumenical Women.

The 2017 UNCSW Priority Theme is “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work” and the Review Theme is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session)”.  See more here

Applications are open to an adult or youth (ages 14-19), woman or man, who can speak to the Priority or Review Theme and are willing to participate in advocacy at UNSCW.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. 

Applicants should have a relevant role at the parish, diocesan and/or provincial level, be accountable to a diocesan or provincial authority, and have a process for reporting back to the local community after participating in UNCSW.

Delegates will be expected to be present in New York City for the UNSCW meeting  between March 10 and 24 or as close to the entire stay as possible. Delegates will be responsible for their own travel, housing and program expenses.

Following a review of the applications, the delegates will be chosen by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.  All applicants will be notified by mid-October.

Application is available here.  Deadline is September 16.

For more information contact Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church Global Relations Officer.


Nancy Cox Davidge
Public Affairs Officer