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 2018 will convene April 20–23 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 62nd session will meet March 2018, at UN headquarters in New York. Related events will take place near the UN. The 62nd session will focus on the priority theme: “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.” The Commission will also look at “Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women” (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session) as its review theme.
Apply now to join the Presbyterian delegation attending the 62nd CSW. The deadline for application is November 15, 2017.
Watch for more news and advocacy suggestions from the 2017 CSW.
To ask a question or to learn more about Advocacy, contact Yvonne Hileman.