In addition to carrying out advocacy suggestions from the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness, Presbyterian Women supports ecumenical and secular advocacy around issues of faith.
Ecumenical Advocacy Days
Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community that holds an annual education and advocacy conference around different social issues for Christian advocacy. Considered the premier Christian advocacy event in the United States, EAD provides faith advocates with worship, theological reflection, learning and witness to strengthen the collective Christian voice and mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of policy issues that impact the most vulnerable, particularly women and children around the world.
Presbyterian Women encourages participation in Ecumenical Advocacy Days. Information about leadership development grants for young women attending EAD will be available soon!
Commission on the Status of Women
Presbyterian Women advocates for justice for women and girls at the international level through the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The Commission is the principal intergovernmental body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.
CSW is instrumental in shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women. Representatives of Presbyterian Women have been participating in the annual Commission since 2005.
Presbyterian Women will form a delegation to attend the 64th session of CSW, which will meet March 9–20, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. Related events will take place near the UN. The focus of the 64th session of CSW will be on the review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly. The review will include an assessment of current challenges that affect the implementation of the Platform for Action and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and its contribution towards the full realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The deadline for joining the delegation has passed. Watch PW publications and social media for coverage of this event.
In addition to the leadership development grants available for all Presbyterian women, reimbursable leadership development grants of $1,000 each will be available for up to three young women (ages 18–30) to attend CSW. Download the grant application for young women.