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May 9, 2016

Salvationists Participate in U.N. Conference on Women's Status

Major Victoria Edmonds and Lt. Colonel Dean Pallant of the ISJC confer with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, U.N. Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of U.N. Women.

TWENTY Salvation Army delegates representing New Zealand, Canada, USA, Australia, Norway and Switzerland took part in the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations in New York in March. More than 20,000 delegates took part.

The Salvation Army hosted 105 of the 700 meetings at the International Social Justice Commission (http://www.salvationarmy.org/isjc) building in New York.

The CSW promotes gender equality and the empowerment of women. Established in 1948, it recommends how to promote women’s rights in the political, economic, civil, social and educational fields and makes recommendations to the U.N. General Council on problems facing women that require immediate attention.

Ecumenical Women’s Orientation and Worship session at the Army’s International Social Justice Commission building.

With the theme “The Empowerment of Women and the Link to Sustainable Development,” the main message of the commission was that women are essential to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by all 193 U.N. member states in September. The goals call for a world that is fair, just and equitable for all people. Concerns addressed included gender-based violence, women’s health, human trafficking, women’s legal and property rights, unequal income generation opportunities and the disproportionate impact of climate change and humanitarian crises on women and girls.

Presenters provided a global perspective as they shared from both secular and faith viewpoints.

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