Greetings Members and Friends,
It has been ten years since Unitarian Universalist women from around the world met in Houston, Texas, for the first U*U women’s convocation. The event was never meant to be just a one-time affair, but an ongoing process of coming together and finding voice. Since that first convocation, platforms of communication and collaboration have been created through online internet communities, national meetings, workshops at UUA general assemblies, and international convocations, in order to inform and support grassroots women in their efforts to achieve civil rights. Since its inception, the International Women’s Convocation has enabled many women worldwide to attain their human rights through access to economic opportunities, health care and security, education, and political expression.
On July 26, 2019 IWC was granted “Special Consultative Status” by the United Nations Economic and Social Council. This status gives us the right to designate official representatives to the UN Headquarters in New York and its offices in Geneva and Vienna. IWC representatives can also register for and participate in events, conferences, and activities of the UN, as well as submit written statements or make oral presentations relevant to the work of the Council on subjects in which we are especially competent. We are already making our presence felt at the annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women.
2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), the most comprehensive global policy framework and blueprint for women’s empowerment. The commemoration is a global mobilization: a rallying point to achieve the human rights of all women and girls. In line with its new special consultative status, IWC is planning to send a sizeable delegation to the 64th Session of the CSW (March 9 to 20, 2020). If you would like to participate as a member of the IWC delegation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IWC owes a debt of gratitude to its members, stakeholders, board of directors, and committed partner organizations for their hard work in supporting women and girls worldwide. I extend a special thanks to outgoing board member Kathy Burek, for her expertise and tireless efforts dedicated to completing our new strategic plan and vision for the next five years.
Let us carry the torch for women’s empowerment together in 2020!
Rev. Addae A. Kraba