Tech-focused #CSW67 is a global effort to empower women and girls
April 3, 2023
Thousands of people from around the globe, including a contingent from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), headed to New York City for the recent 67th Commission on the Status of Women, a gender equality gathering that was celebrated by the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PC(USA), both Co-Moderators of the 225th General Assembly, and the president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
A PC(USA) delegation and a delegation from Presbyterian Women jointly planned for #CSW67 for months and had members participating in New York as well as online during the March 6–17 gathering. Some said they were particularly excited about being able to go to the event in person, which was not possible during the pandemic.
“It’s hard to describe what it’s like to have over 5,000 delegates congregate at U.N. headquarters during CSW,” said Sue Rheem, who coordinates the New York-based Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. “The energy and the excitement are palpable. Delegates from all over the world gather to share their stories and to advocate for equality and empowerment of women. While (the) online platform has its advantages in providing greater access, the in-person engagement leaves an indelible impact.”
Many of the Presbyterian delegates were under the age of 30. “Our youth delegation is really strong,” Rheem explained during episode 5 of Advocacy Watch, a podcast about the work of PMUN and the Office of Public Witness.
PC(USA) dignitaries, including the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, and the Rev. Ruth Faith Santana-Grace and the Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis, Co-Moderators of the 225th General Assembly, were in New York for the gathering.
“We’re really, really honored and very pleased to have their participation,” Rheem said during the podcast.
The event is the U.N.’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment. In addition to the main event, there are hundreds of parallel and side events held during the roughly two-week gathering, where people bond together and glean knowledge to use in advocacy work at their local churches and beyond. Presbyterian orientation gets the ball rolling on Friday evening.
The primary theme of CSW#67 was “innovation and technological change” as well as “education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.”
“The world is experiencing exponential growth in innovation and technological change in the 21st century,” Rheem noted. “It accelerated with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic as people were forced to isolate and quarantine. Innovations in technology allowed the world to connect and function in a new virtual reality; to socialize, to conduct business, and stay connected to family and friends. However, the coronavirus pandemic also revealed the vast digital inequalities that disproportionately impact women and girls in underserved communities.”
One of the goals of the U.N. is to make sure that girls and women aren’t left behind and to address pertinent topics such as discrimination in the tech sector.
Darla Carter, Communications Strategist, Presbyterian Mission Agency
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Monday, April 3, 2023, the Monday of Holy Week (Year A)
Today’s Focus: 67th Commission on the Status of Women
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Yun Kyoung Yang, Editorial Assistant, Korean, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation
Myoung Ho Yang and Ji Yeon Yoo, Mission co-workers serving in Hong Kong, Presbyterian Mission Agency
Let us pray
Creator God, we thank you for this day. We give thanks that each of us has the opportunity to reach out to those in need around us. Help us to be particularly mindful to children in need. Guide us each and every day as we strive to serve you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen