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 is forming a delegation to participate both in-person and online in the 68th session of CSW, which will meet March 11–22, 2024. Learn more or download an application (due December 10, 2023).
The focus of the 68th session of the Commission is “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.” The review theme is “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.”