Saturday, March 2nd

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So I have a lot to catch up on since I haven’t posted my blog all weekend!!! We were having a lot of internet issues at the hotel, so now I’m at the Presbyterian Office using the internet here 🙂

Therefore my titles are going to be boring….sorry….

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Ecumenical Women Orientation

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Ecumenical Women Orientation

The Ecumenical Women Orientation...sorry it's fuzzy.  I was trying to zoom in a bit.

The Ecumenical Women Orientation…sorry it’s fuzzy. I was trying to zoom in a bit.

On Saturday we got up early to head to the Ecumenical Women’s Orientation that started at 8:30 a.m. (yikes!)  We started off with yummy breakfast and worship.  We learned more about The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), found out about the UN Women and Ecumenical Women’s role in the CSW, and learned more about OUR role at CSW the next two weeks.  We broke into groups to discuss the Ecumenical Women’s recommendations to CSW – I chose to join the work shop dealing with the point about Education, specifically:

–          “Provide training to police, medical staff, teachers and school administrators and others who may encounter victims of violence to recognize that violence, provide education on local and national laws and make reporting of abuse obligatory.”

The work shop was very helpful in understanding what our role as advocates is this week.  We broke down the talking point and looked at the Zero Document (the first document that the member states look at when deciding what to add and subtract in the next two weeks).  We looked within the document for things that fit with our point, ways we could make our point stronger, and things that didn’t connect with our point.

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Deputy Director of UN Women

We also had the opportunity to hear from Lakshmi Puri (see picture to the left), the Deputy Director of UN Women.  She spoke to us about CSW and the involvement of UN Women within CSW.  She was so interesting to listen to – I really enjoyed it.

At the end of the day we walked to the Church Center at the United Nations (CCUN) for our final worship service.  The theme was “The Daughter of Jephthah”

After worship we had a light reception at the CCUN and then I went to dinner with Stephanie and Hannah at Sinigual (contemporary Mexican cuisine) – it was delicious.

Now…on to Sunday!

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