WCC at the Commission on the Status of Women

The sixty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place from 11 to 22 March 2024. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world will be engaged in person and online. The CSW is the largest United Nations gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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The WCC, its member churches and ecumenical partners are very active in events that address the priority theme: Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective. 

Representatives of the World Council of Churches (WCC) will take part of the following activities:

Women on the Move have a right to Access…Dignity…Hygiene… Period. (Online)
Friday, 15 March
10:30am-12:00 noon EST
Organized by United Church of Christ and co-hosted by WCC. 
To provide education on period poverty in various contexts and ways folks can do advocacy on this issue.

Ecumenical Women Prayer Service (in person and on Facebook live)
Every weekday morning, 8:00-8:30am
On Monday, 18 March, WCC will lead the service.
WCC president from North America, Rev. Dr Angelique Walker-Smith will co-lead the prayer service. 
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Youth Empowerment & Entrepreneurship in Migrant Communities (Online)
Monday 18 March
16:30 – 18:30 EST
Organized by AfriAus ILEAC Changing Narratives' GirlForce Victoria, this event creates a strategic platform to amplify the transformative voices of representatives of culturally and linguistically diverse communities that bring together global perspectives to enrich this global dialogue on gender justice. These voices will share examples of good practice in effective determination of the course of their lives by building socio-economic security through trainings in entrepreneurship, women’s human rights advocacy and leadership, accompanied mentorship, access to start-up capital for small businesses as well as prevention of gender-based violence through the WCC Thursday in Black campaign and the resilience building and healing for survivors.
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Zacchaeus Tax: Transforming the Global Economic System and Advancing Gender Justice (in person)
Tuesday, 19 March
08:30 – 10:00am CET, Church Center to the UN, 11th Floor.
The global tax system can serve as a powerful tool to overcome poverty and promote equity, not least gender equality. The parallel event will discuss the intersections between tax justice and gender justice and why this is a matter of faith. It will also explore how proposals for global and national wealth and pollution taxes as well as reparations – as called for in the ecumenical Zacchaeus Tax (ZacTax) campaign. Co-organized by the WCC, WCRC, LWF, World Methodist Council, and Council for World Mission as part of the New International Financial and Economic Architecture (NIFEA) initiative. 

The Necessity of a Binding Optional Protocol to CEDAW to End Violence against Women and Girls (In person event)
Wednesday, 20 March
10:30 am EST, Salvation Army Auditorium, 221 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022).
Special conversation on the need for a new binding protocol to the CEDAW Convention organized by Every Woman Treaty and cohosted with the World Council of Churches. Every Woman Treaty Chief of Global Diplomatic Campaign Patricia Elias will moderate a discussion with former Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls Dubravka Šimonović and the Reverend Nicole Ashwood of the World Council of Churches, along with coalition members Amanda Arroyo (Nosotras Women Connecting) and Doris Olumoko (Dorisoby Media Foundation).

Overcoming Barriers for Women to Food, Water, Land and Livelihoods: The Role of Faith Communities and Institutions in Women's Empowerment (online)
Wednesday, 20 March
12:30 – 14:00 EST 
The Food for Life Campaign seeks to educate, inspire and mobilize faith communities to take action for increased food security and sustainable agriculture. What we eat; where we source our food; how we cultivate, raise animals and fish; how we treat the environment; how we address inequity and injustice related to food - are all existential issues for humanity. But they are also profoundly political and deeply spiritual dimensions that influence the present and future of humanity, creation and the world.
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Thursdays in Black: End Gender Based Violence (online)
Thursday, 21 March
Online event (12:30 – 14:00)
This event builds on the outline of the #Thursdays in Black campaign. Featuring voices from varied ecumenical partners and agents, it raises awareness of the campaign and campaign concerns from Femicide to Economic Insecurity/Poverty. Partners include Side-by-Side, AACC (Youth desk), and Thumela STREAM, as well as Thursdays in Black ambassadors, TIB Youth Edition and ENGAGJ. 
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