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International Engagement & Building Peace
  • From UU Intern to Panelist - Advancing Women's Rights Locally and at the United Nations

    Along with the panel on Female Genital Mutilation, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) hosted another parallel event at the Commission on the Status of Women, working closely with Dr. Bobbi Nassar who is the co-chair of NGO committee on human rights (UU-UNO...
    By JoAnne McClure | 5/3/2018
  • Female Genital Mutilation: Advancing Awareness and Advocating for Global Action

    It’s been a month since The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was held at the New York United Nations Headquarters from March 11-23th. Commission on the Status of Women was founded in June 1946 and “The principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the...
    By JoAnne McClure | 4/27/2018
  • Women's Rights and Freedom of Religion

    After the initial passing of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at the United Nations in 1981, many states declared ‘reservations.’ These reservations related to implementing the document's provisions in their respective...
    By Sajeela Munir | 11/30/2017
  • Educating Refugee Girls: Finding Solutions When Two Problems Collide

    Educating refugee girls presents a unique and complicated challenge in many places around the world.  This issue is pressing because it is the intersection of two issues that can severely harm a person’s life: the refugee crisis and the lack of opportunities to educate all...
    By Amy Perry | 8/9/2017
  • Empower Women: Empower the World

    Improving gender equality within a society creates a ripple effect, directly or indirectly improving the lives of everyone within that society in different ways. As we work towards achieving the fifth United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 5), "achieve gender equality...
    By Kate Mays | 8/3/2017
  • Gender Equality and Violent Extremism Event at the United Nations

    On Thursday, July 13th, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) co-sponsored a 2017 High-Level Political Forum Side Event on gender equality and violent extremism. The event was co-sponsored by the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Committee on Human Rights...
    By Andrea Floersheimer | 7/19/2017
  • Gender-Sensitive Urban Planning: The Future of Safe Cities

    There is an important issue relating to structural gender inequality that is being neglected. Worldwide, women feel less safe than men in public spaces. Issues of safety and perceived safety for women are critical United Nations values, and also Unitarian Universalist values....
    By Amy Perry | 7/18/2017
  • Weaving Global Partnerships at the Third International Women's Convocation

    As the orange sun set over the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, February 16, 2017, women gathered from around the world in Pacific Grove, California to begin a three-day convocation exploring issues important to women’s rights and justice. It was the Third International Convocation of...
    By Allison Hess | 2/24/2017

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