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. EAD 2017 will convene April 21–24 in Washington, D.C.


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.

The 61st session will meet March 13–24, 2017, at UN headquarters in New York. Related events will take place near the UN. The 61st session will focus on the priority theme “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.” The Commission will also look at “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls” as its review theme. Watch for more news and advocacy suggestions from the 2017 CSW.


To ask a question or to learn more about Advocacy, contact Yvonne Hileman.

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