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4 February 2013

The 51st UN Commission on Social Development is meeting in early February, with the theme: “Promoting the empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration, full employment and decent work for all.” Nine people associated with UNANIMA communities will be attending. Our intern Celia Martin NDS has submitted an oral intervention on how “Building community connectedness and belonging enables vulnerable people to better participate in decision-making and other social and learning opportunities, and to give something back to their communities.” from her own experience. We hope she will be chosen to present this during the commission meeting.

CSW 57

4 February 2013

The UN Commission on the Status of Women has for its theme this year “Violence Against Women.” The UN community acknowledges it is a violation of human rights and a world-wide, major obstacle to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women–harming not only women, but also their families and communities. It has significant economic costs for society, and restricts economic growth and development. UNANIMA communities will be represented at CSW by 20 people (the maximum we can have). Michele Morek submitted a written intervention on “Ending the Demand for Trafficking in Girls,” and UNANIMA is presenting a side event on the Kenya Project (see below).

Kenya Project at the UN

4 February 2013

For ten years our NGO has done significant educational work around the theme of trafficking, in several countries. Last year, UNANIMA International sponsored a project in Nairobi, which brought together a group of young people for some training sessions/ workshops on trafficking and on how to stop the demand. Then the youth went out and taught over 300 other young people what they had learned. We are repeating the project this year, and are bringing three people to give a side event at the UN, for the Commission on the Status of Women (Friday March 8 at 10:30—pray for their success!) Here are the panelists:

Education Section

4 February 2013

What is more basic than food? Continuing our closer look at the “Sustainable Development Goals” for which we will be lobbying as the post-Rio process gets going this spring: one is to Assure Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture. If done sustainably, agriculture and fishing can support all humans on the earth. But right now, soils, water, forests and oceans are being rapidly degraded–and climate change is putting even more pressure on agriculture.

News Flashes and Resources

4 February 2013

The Sisters of Sion in Saskatchewan Canada are working with the Canadian Religious Conference in writing to government officials and corporate offices to protest the treatment of some First Nations People. The residents of Pinehouse, SK have been tricked, intimidated, and ignored in a “land grabbing” exercise by uranium mining companies Cameco and Areva. RE […]

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