“What Will It Take to have a UN Global Conference on Women? Dr. Jean Shimbola Bolen

NGOCSW PANEL, March 10, 2014 4:30 p.m.
“What Will It Take to have a UN Global Conference on Women?
Penny McManigal designed this banner for our Pomona College class — the “Janusites.”(I later transferred to UC Berkeley). With binocular and symbolic vision, I’m seeing the backward looking face as an old man, the forward looking face, as youthful and feminine. Might this symbolize the transition from patriarchy into a new egalitarian age? We are in the “doorway.” Patriarchy resists with power and sees compromise and compassion as weakness. The old order is on the wrong side of the door and we are all in the doorway. It is here that women will make the difference, just as the twenty women United State senators (bipartisan, meet together regularly in circle) were able to prevent the second government shut down. Time magazine called them “the only grown-ups in Washington.”

Gifts of the Magi —a January celebration of the visit of the Three Wise Men to the stable where Jesus was born. Do you know what would have happened if it had been three Wise Women instead of three Wise Men ? They would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and brought practical gifts.

Women do things diferently [and better].
UN Security Resolution #1325 recognizes that women do things differently and need to be involved to make peace possible. It takes political will at the top to implement this and other UN documents that would empower women to work toward ending violence and provide for children (and lots more!) . Women have different priorities than men in power. Research shows that strong feminist grassroots movements influences the political will of governments—the one thing that does. A UN 5th World Conference on Women (5WCW) would energize a global women’s movement at a time of transition. What happens now determines the future.

Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury: “The steps that need to be taken within the UN.” Under Secretary General and High Representative of the UN, former President of Security Council, initiator of Security Council Resolution 1325. Confirmed.

Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO of Global Fund for Women: invited to speak about involvement of grassroots women leaders and women’s organization.

Nyaradzayi Gumbonizvanda, President NGO Committee on the Status of Women–Geneva, General Secretary, World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA). NGOCSW-Geneva officially supports 5WCW.

Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, on “The Necessity of a UN Global Conference on Women” Pathways To Peace. Millionth Circle Initiative

Moderator: Rosemary Williams, founder and CEO Women’s Perspective.
Sponsoring Organizations: Pathways To Peace, Women’s World Summit Foundation, Earth Child Institute

Y-Hall of the Armenian Convention Center (630 2nd Ave, NY)
Gifts of the Magi —a January celebration of the visit of the Three Wise Men to the stable where Jesus was born. Do you know what would have happened if it had been three Wise Women instead of three Wise Men ? They would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and brought practical gifts.

Women do things diferently [and better].
UN Security Resolution #1325 recognizes that women do things differently and need to be involved to make peace possible. It takes political will at the top to implement this and other UN documents that would empower women to work toward ending violence and provide for children (and lots more!) . Women have different priorities than men in power. Research shows that strong feminist grassroots movements influences the political will of governments—the one thing that does. A UN 5th World Conference on Women (5WCW) would energize a global women’s movement at a time of transition. What happens now determines the future.

5WCW Activism at UN CSW

Written Statement to ECOSOC “The Necessity to have a UN Global Women’s Conference’ submitted to be translated in the six official UN languages. This supports Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the General Assembly’s Joint Statement asking the General Assembly for a resolution to have the fifth world conference on women. For the text: http://globalconferenceonwomen.net.

Documentary film: FEMME: Women Healing the World. https://femmethemovie.com
Accepted for showing by NGOCSW-NY, time/place TBA

A high profile NGO panel on the first afternoon (March 10) of the CSW meetings. At the panel and in handouts on Consultation Day, NGO delegates will be asked/empowered to make appointments with their UN ambassadors to lobby for 5WCW in the General Assembly. Will be able to download the written statement in six languages.

Silent Meditation at Nigerian Embassy led by Anele Heiges, at the end of which each person can name a person, an event or an intention. Anele always speaks the intention to have a UN 5WCW. Would be strengthened by others. March 12 at 5 pm. International Public Policy Institute

Millionth Circle Workshop: “Implementing Women and Girl’s Circles,”
Thursday March 13th, 10:30 am Hardin Room, Church Center

About Suzanne

Suzanne Lewis, editor and manager Wholisticbodymind.com since 2000. Suzanne is a Planetary Peacekeeper, an Agent for Conscious Evolution, a Spiritual Healer, a Mother, a multi - faceted artist (beads, gems to trade beads; guords star seed art; published author and Lover of Life for the sake of All our Relations.
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