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Army active in global fight for gender equity

Army active in global fight for gender equity

Army active in global fight for gender equity

The Salvation Army CSW delegates, assisted by its Theatre 315 and Greater New York Division, ran one of the praise and worship services during the session. 

By Simone Worthing

The Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission (ISJC) played an active part in the 63rd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York last month.

This annual event is one of the biggest on the ISJC calendar, with around 100 events taking place in its building in New York. The ISJC also hosts several delegates from around The Salvation Army world each year.

This year, the theme of the session was ‘Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls’.

The Commission on the Status of Women is a global policymaking body and a part of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. It is dedicated exclusively to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The commission was established in 1946 with a mandate to prepare recommendations on promoting women’s rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields.

Each CSW session provides an opportunity to review progress towards gender equality and the empowerment of women, identify challenges, set global standards and norms and formulate policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.

The session is also a key opportunity for policymakers, advocates, researchers and activists to network and strategise, mobilise, and plan new initiatives and actions to further the cause of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

This year, the CSW drew about 15,000 people, including 15 Salvation Army delegates. Over the past 12 years, the Army has sent delegates from all parts of the world to participate in this event, including Australians.

During the CSW, The Salvation Army takes on a logistical role. When delegates from Non–Government Organisations (NGOs) attend from other countries, the Army provides a place in the city for them to set up their displays and to host parallel events and receptions.

The Salvation Army has also hosted such events, which have focused on the Army’s work and offered discussions on the themes of the year.

This year, The Salvation Army International Anti Human Trafficking Task Force and the World Evangelical Alliance shared what they were doing to help combat Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

Captain Swetha Vincent attended one of the #CSW63 parallel events that focused on the organisation Apne Aap and its work to fight human trafficking.

She writes, “Good partnerships are important to making God’s justice a reality in this world.”

Other presentations included Unleashing the Potential of Social Protection for Adolescent Women; Faith, Feminism and Human Rights Frameworks; and Men in Black: How to Collaborate with Women in the Fight for Justice.

Dr Laurelle Smith attended the Men in Black event. “We have the power within The Salvation Army to be leaders in communities and model men who display positive masculinity, which reflects the character of God,” she said.

Captain Paula Mendes attended the event which focused how faith, feminism and human rights frameworks enable gender equality and empowerment.

“We need to create more space to talk about feminism in our religious spheres,” she said.

To read the reports on the presentations, click here.



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