By Rachel Chardon, at the Anglican United Nations Office
Twenty Anglican women from countries1 including Australia, Bangladesh, Uganda and India are visiting the Anglican United Nations Office (AUNO) next month to engage with the UN’s 56th Commission on the Status of Women, which this year has ‘empowerment of rural women’ as its priority theme2.
“Members of the Anglican Communion have always been involved with speaking out for and with those suffering injustice and the effects of poverty,” said Rachel Chardon, Special Assistant at the Anglican United Nations Office. “Increasingly Anglicans around the world are recognising that they share particular issues common to all their Provinces: promoting birth registration, the impact of climate change and environmental degradation, the abuse of women and girls.
“One key Communion-wide initiative that has been endorsed by a range of Primates and bishops—including the Archbishop of Canterbury—is the campaign to end sexual violence. Anglicans and Episcopalians worldwide are already working with other Christian traditions and the World Council of Churches address violence against women.“
The International Anglican Women’s Network (IAWN)3 is helping to promote this initiative, one which aims to end an abuse that affects people worldwide. The International Anglican Family Network (IAFN)4 is focusing on tackling violence within families.”
At an event hosted by the AUNO the Anglican women will hear a presentation on the latest developments in the campaign by the Anglican Communion Office’s Networks’ Coordinator, the Revd Terrie Robinson. Other speakers include provincial delegate Canon Jill Hopkinson who is the National Rural Officer for the Church of England.
Another topic for discussion is the urgent need for clean, safe, sufficient water for all. Global water resources continue to be depleted due to rising global temperatures, pollution, and unsustainable extraction from rivers and deep water aquifers. Commodification of water restricts access for vulnerable communities and causes ecological harm in the name of profit. The Anglican UN Office and Anglican Communion Environmental Network5 are pursuing a programme of education and advocacy around these issues.
Other topics to be discussed at the event include IAFN’s emerging initiative to promote universal birth registration; empowering women and girls; and the scourge of human trafficking.
For more information contact Rachel Chardon on email@example.com
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