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Reflections on CSW 57

3 May 2013

Even though the document that came out of the Commission on the Status of Women was not perfect (e.g. it did not explicitly defend girls and women from discrimination or violence based on their gender or sexual orientation) it IS a “win” for women. In her blog for a newspaper, Dr. Cheryl Saban wrote “When you contemplate what it really takes to get consensus on a …document at the UN that places accountability squarely on its 193 member states to ‘do it right, or we will call you out publically,’ just close your eyes and imagine [your national legislative body] trying to pass a bill. Now think about them doing it while they are all speaking different languages…and attempting to accomplish this mission in two weeks’ time.” She said she was not sure the public has a sense of how complicated this whole process was…indeed, how complicated everything is at the UN!

Survey Summary

3 May 2013

We heard from all of our 18 communities, with a total of 726 responses. The responses in English came from 30 countries; French from 7; Portuguese from 4; and Spanish from 23 countries. Most of you who responded are aware of UNANIMA’s work and how your community interacts with it, think that its mission fits with that of your community, and think it important that your community is involved in global issues and the systemic causes of global problems.

UNANIMA at the White House

3 May 2013

On April 9-12 UNANIMA was represented in Washington DC at a meeting organized by the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in collaboration with the Bakhita Initiative (U.S. Catholic Sisters United Against Human Slavery) for 12 leaders of groups of women religious who work against human trafficking. The timing was great—for one thing, the Japanese cherry trees were in bloom (picture), and we got to attend a ceremony at the White House for the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The occasion was the Council’s formal presentation of its report on “Building Partnerships to Eradicate Modern-Day Slavery.” …

Commission on Sustainable Development

3 May 2013

For those who are waiting to register for the 20th session of CSD (this summer was supposed to be the last one) …remember that Rio promised to “establish a universal intergovernmental high-level political forum, building on the strengths, experiences, resources & inclusive modalities of the Commission on Sustainable Development, and subsequently replacing the Commission…” The Future We Want, paragraph 84.

New Experiences at UNANIMA

3 May 2013

We know you can’t always get away from your ministry long enough to experience a full internship of three months, so the Internship Committee of the Board worked long and hard to develop an “Immersion Experience” that would involve less time. A description of this is being sent along with this mailing (in English only, […]

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