A News Brief of the 53rd UN Commission on the Status of Women
Over 100 women - international delegates nominated by primates from 25 provinces, and several participants from the Anglican Church of Canada and The Episcopal Church - attended the two week session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW).
The priority theme of the 53rd session of UN CSW was “The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS". More information about this year's session can be found at: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/53sess.htm
Before arriving in New York, the delegates did research on the theme in their own countries which they shared with the other delegates upon arrival. Out of these reports evolved the advocacy points which the delegates used during the two week session see: http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2009/03/a-statement-from-anglican-delegates-to-the-53rd-session-of-the-uncsw.aspx
The participants attended the plenary sessions, many parallel events, and visited with their country's UN mission to ask that the advocacy points be included in the agreed conclusions - the outcome document being negotiated by the member states. The member states came to consensus on the agreed conclusions on the last evening of the session.
Most delegates attended the daily ecumenical service at the UN Church Center before beginning their long days of meetings, advocacy and training. Sponsored by Ecumenical Women at the United Nations, this group of women (which includes Anglican participation) also developed an advocacy guide for this year's session, which includes bible studies. To download, and to read more about Ecumenical Women at the United Nations, please visit: http://www.ecumenicalwomen.org .
At the conclusion of the two weeks, the delegates crafted the following statement which reflects their time at the United Nations and outlines future actions. See:
A comprehensive report from the meeting is being prepared and will be posted on the website when available.
On March 12, the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church greeted the delegates and discussed this year's theme with them. To read more about this gathering, please visit: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/79901_105917_ENG_HTM.htm