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Watch out for Ecumenical Women's Side Events!

Ecumenical Women will be sponsoring two side events promoting advocacy for the 2011 Commission on the Status of Women:

Learning Methodologies- Post Trauma Side Event — Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:00-1:30 p.m. CCUN 8th Floor This panel discussion will include speakers whose bodies of work focus on post-trauma healing, transformation, and reconciliation. The Panelists, comprised of religiously motivated women from the Global South, will share learning methodologies that make strides to a broader paradigm shift to full inclusion and participation of women and girls in society and decision-making.

Straight Talk- Donating Technology Side Event — Monday, 28 February 2011 12:00- 1:30 p.m. CCUN 8th Floor

This workshop will be a highly interactive dialogue, the content and focus of which will be driven by the experiences of participants in the room. Workshop facilitators will encourage discussion about the multi-faceted and multi-consequential relationship between donors of technology, and access by its intended recipients. Underlying themes that we hope to extract are that of a broader paradigm shift in hegemony and the transformation of individuals and societies.

The Salvation Army will be hosting the following parallel events:

Girls talk about Violence against Girls The Salvation Army Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm The Salvation Army Auditorium

Film – Yellow Roses The Salvation Army Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm The Salvation Army Auditorium

The Canadian Anglican Group will be hosting the following parallel events:

Follow the Yellow Brick Road – Lessons in honesty, empathy, and self care (a workshop on compassionate Nonviolent Communication).

The Drew Room, ground floor, Church Centre for the United Nations, 777 UN Plaza (corner of 44th St. & First Ave)

February 22, 2011

6:00p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Presenter: Marion Little, MA Dispute Resolution, Canon Pastor of the Sexual Misconduct Policy for the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia

Brief Description by Marion:

For those interested in language use, my undergraduate degree is in Linguistics with an emphasis on socio-linguistics (how language & culture intersect), and I will be addressing distinctions between retributive language patterns and restorative language patterns as part of the workshop.  I will also explore the impacts of this type of training on teen women who are parenting and/or on probation and/or gang involved.  I’ve been offering this training in the Diocese of BC as the capacity building aspect of our sexual misconduct prevention program.  For more info about Nonviolent Communication see

The World Conferences of Religions for Peace will be hosting the following parallel events:

Religion, women and armed conflict Faith agency to end violence and secure maternal

Friday, February 25th

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

CCUN, 777 UN Plaza, 2nd Floor

Event Description:

Religious communities can play pivotal roles in averting violence, and transforming armed conflicts.  Specifically, religious communities and leaders can do so much more to eliminate violence against women and secure maternal health for women and children in conflict and post-conflict situations. There is also a need to recognize the particular agency of women of faith, whose leadership is largely unrecognized at institutional and public policy levels.  Through their formal and informal religious women’s organizations and networks, women of faith engage in creative forms of grassroots organizing, activism and mobilization to confront violence, protect vulnerable populations and advocate for protection, justice and transformation. The inherent strength and creativity of women of faith to transform conflict ought to be utilized by governments, United Nations, other religious leaders and communities. This session will highlight the challenges to attaining maternal health and addressing violence against women in conflict and post-conflict situations. It will then focus on some of the good practices of engaging religious communities to address violence against women and secure maternal health. The session will mobilize momentum for common action among different faiths, United Nations agencies, and development communities to increase support and partnerships with religious communities and enhance the capacities of women of faith as agents of peace.

Sponsors: Religions for Peace, IANSA, UNIFEM Part of UN WOMEN, UN Foundation, IANSA, ALHAKIM FOUNDATION,

The United Methodist Church, Women’s Division will be hosting the following events:

Voices of Grassroots Women

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

CCUN’s Hardin Room

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Education and Training:  What do Gender, Race, and Class Have to Do with It?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

CCUN’s 2nd Floor

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Dignity for Domestic Workers – The ILO Convention and Beyond

Thursday, February 24, 2011

CCUN’s Hardin Room

12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

The Episcopal Church will be hosting the following event:

Beijing Circles Friday, February 25, 2011

10:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Episcopal Church Center

815 Second Ave. between 43 and 44th St

Contact for more info

Women of Faith Changing the World for a Learning Opportunity Grounded in God’s Call to Local and Global Action. A Beijing Circle is a tool to help us learn about issues affecting women around the world, which enables us to bring about positive change locally, nationally, and globally. The Circle is formed in the local community to study and address 12 Areas of Concern from The Beijing Platform for Action and the Millennium Development Goals. The CIRCLE is the PROCESS. BEIJING is the CONTENT.  Come experience the Beijing Circle process first hand in order to take this educational tool back to your community and start “sweeping at your own feet.”

Please be on the lookout for more side events hosted by our partner organizations, which we will post shortly.  Also, check out parallel events hosted by NGOs for CSW 2011 .  We hope to see you all there!

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