Thousands of women from around the world representing millions of women will converge on New York City beginning Saturday, March 2nd for the United Nations 57th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women. Never in the history of our planet has the need for women’s leadership been greater. Women who have not been involved in the United Nations are attending this year to help stop the escalating violence against women. Housewives, students, concerned women, community organizers, governmental officials, corporate and religious executives will carry out global and local actions to meet today’s crises.
Ann Smith of Naples, Florida and Jean Shinoda Bolen of Mill Valley, California have a delegation of 55 + women coming from England, Peru, Africa, Pakistan, and throughout the United States. Dr. Bolen, author, Jungian analyst, psychiatrist and activist is giving away two thousand copies of her latest book, Moving toward the Millionth Circle: Energizing the Global Women’s Movement Advocating a Global Conference on Women.
The United Nations receives very little attention but this year will be different. The millions of women who relate to millions of women’s circles and organizations are stepping out of the media shadows into mainstream attention.
Barbara Thorngren, Gather The Women representative from New Hampshire, the only state with all women legislators, will share the information throughout the state far and wide.
Laurie McCammon from Maine has co-authored with Ann Smith the book Enough: The Rise of The Feminine And The Birth of the New Story. Enough gives the history of the UN Four World Conferences on Women and the importance of the Platform for Action document signed by all governments to improve the status of women and girls. Enough is filled with stories of grassroots women and girls who are doing amazing work.
Margaret Auma is the founder and director of Spring Ministries from Kenya and through her African networks will spread the word. She has been on national news and received many awards. Alice Garrick, director of the Anglican Women’s Desk in Pakistan, works with churches and secular women’s networks to empower women and girls. Susan Stanton from Hawaii represents Indigenous women’s networks bringing their wisdom and courage and along with Idle No More have a large network of networks in the US and Canada. Idle No More started by Indigenous women of Canada are mobilizing to stop violence against women and the land throughout Canada and is spreading to other countries. The Valentine’s Day Billion Women Rising Campaign is mobilizing women around the world to stop violence against women.
The UN Commission on the Status of Women meets yearly for governments to report their latest findings and for governmental and non-governmental organizations to develop policies and actions. This year the focus is on Violence Against Women. Sex Trafficking, domestic slavery and violence against women are the key issues to be addressed this year. The UN meetings allow for non-governmental organizations and grassroots women to participate in parallel events during the two weeks of governmental sessions. The following is a list of our delegation’s events that are free and open to the public.
Saturday, March 2 6-8 pm.
Toward the Millionth Circle: a party, a circle, a book launch, a grassroots effort to create a groundswell at CSW for 5WCW with Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.,
Food and Refreshments served. The Affinia Shelburne Hotel. 37th and Lexington
Sunday, March 3 10 am - 3 pm
UN Consultation Day. Advanced reservation required. Armenian Center. 35th and 2nd Ave.
Monday - March 4 4:30-6 pm
Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women. Co-hosted by Women of Spirit and Faith and the Women’s Task Force at the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
Guild Hall. Armenian Church. 630 2nd Ave.
Monday, March 4 5:30-7:00 pm
The Heart to Lead Film followed by circle discussion on women’s leadership with producer Cheryl Gould . Co-sponsored by Imagine The Good, Circle Connections, We Are Enough. Quest Book Store, 240 E 53rd Street
Tuesday, March 5 8:30 - 10 am
Women as Spiritual Leaders: Transforming Violence. Circle conversation.
Co-hosted by Women of Spirit and Faith and the Women’s Task Force at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Grumman Room, 8th Floor. Church Center
Tuesday, March 5 8:30 – 10 am
Degradation of the Environment and Violence Against Women and Girls: Panel with Jean Bolen and Donna Goodman. Sponsors: Earthchild Institute, Bioneers, Pathways To Peace, Millionth Circle Initiative, International Public Policy Institute
Church Center, Drew Room, 777 United Nations Plaza
Tuesday, March 5 6:15 – 7:45 pm
Grassroots Activism and a Global Women's Conference – 5WCW. Zainab Salbi Jean Bolen. Sponsored by Pathways To Peace, Women's World Summit Foundation, Millionth Circle Initiative, Peace X Peace, Women's Perspective, and Earth Child Institute. , Armenian Conference Center. 630 2nd Ave.
Wednesday, March 6 8:30 to 10:00 am
We Are Enough: To Stop Violence. Interactive replicable workshop to empower women and girls to organize locally and globally in stopping violence. Sponsors: International Public Policy Institute, Circle Connections, We Are Enough, Gather The Women. Salvation Army Auditorium, 221 East 52nd Street
Wednesday, March 6 10 am – 11:30 am
The Little Banana: Moving the Immigrant Child from the Violence of Cultural Uprooting to the Empowerment of Creative Expression. Panel with Jean Bolen. Sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Church Center 10th floor
Wednesday, March 6 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Time 4 Peace: Ending Violence Against Women and Children. Panel with Ambassador Chowdhury, former UN Under-Sec-General., Jean Bolen, Dean Peacock. Sponsors: Pathways to Peace, Intl Public Policy Inst., Circle Connections, Millionth Circle Initiative. V-Hall, Armenian Center, 630 2nd at 35th
Wednesday, March 6 7:00- 9:00 pm
Women’s Sacred Circle: Dreaming Together. Sharing dreams for CSW and beyond. Co-hosted by Circle Connections, Women of Spirit and Faith, Millionth Circle, Gather The Women, We Are Enough, Anglican Women’s Empowerment, International Public Policy Institute. Episcopal Church Center, 815 2nd Ave, Between 43-44th.
Maria Owl Gutierrez