Greetings Members and Friends,
Thanks to supporters like you, IWC’s Faithify campaign to raise funds for the expansion of a leadership development initiative in Bolivia was met with success. The project, which kicks off in the middle of February, will provide Bolivian women and girls skills, tools, and resources to become catalysts for change in their lives, families, and communities.
The United Nation’s theme for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2020 is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.” The theme is aligned with the UN Women’s multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), the most comprehensive global policy framework and blueprint for women’s empowerment. In the U.S., 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote. Please join us in honoring and International Women’s Day: a comprehensive packet for congregations is available for download/consultation, on our website. We will appreciate any Sunday offerings in support of our projects to improve women’s lives around the world.
Our large delegation at the sixty-fourth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (New York City, 9 to 20 March 2020) will enhance our visibility on a global scale, thanks to our new special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. In addition to attending official sessions, presentations, and panel discussions, IWC will also host a parallel event in New York City on March 19, at the Church Center for the United Nations – see details on pages 4-5. Co-sponsored by the UU United Nations Office, this event is free and open to the public – please join us!
As IWC continues celebrating its 10th anniversary, we hope that you will join us at our Annual Breakfast meeting on Saturday, June 27, 7 to 8:30 AM. Our guest speakers will be Linda Lutomia and Joyce Mohr from the Acacia in Kenya (AIK), a nonprofit organization that partners with community leaders in Mumias (Western Kenya) to care for, shelter, and educate young women who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend high school. We have been invited to Kenya by AIK, where we are jointly planning for a gathering in the fall of 2021. This service-learning trip will continue to provide educational experiences as well as personal bonds with our liberal religious sisters. Stay tuned for details in the months to come.
If you are passionate about women’s empowerment around the world and are looking for the opportunity to serve while making a global difference, the International Women’s Convocation might be your place! If interested in joining our team of dedicated volunteers, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your financial support and the support from the UU Funding Program grants for our ongoing work have been critical. On behalf of our board and the many women and girls who have, or are currently receiving invaluable training in other countries, we appreciate and thank all of you.
Rev. Addae Ama Kraba, IWC President