ENS: Anglican Women's Empowerment to welcome delegates to 52nd UNCSW assembly
January 25, 2008
[Episcopal News Service] In February, women from every region of the world will arrive in New York to participate in the 52nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW), held at the United Nation's headquarters. This year's theme is "Financing for gender equity and the empowerment of women."
The annual gathering, dedicated to gender equality and advancement of women, draws thousands to caucus, draft resolutions, learn, and exchange information about the progress being made toward fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Beijing Platform for Action.
Hundreds of non-governmental organizations will be represented during the February 25-March 3 assembly including all the mainline denominations.
This will mark the fifth year of the Anglican Women's Empowerment (AWE) full-scale participation. The delegations will be smaller than previous years, but more experienced and targeted in their approach so as to have a sustainable impact on women in the Anglican Communion throughout the year. Anglican women are accredited to the U.N. through the Anglican Observer's office. The International Anglican Women's Network (IAWN) will also be represented at the events.