President’s Message, Summer, 2019

Rev. Addae Ama Kraba

Rev. Addae Ama Kraba

Greetings, members and friends!

The International Women’s Convocation had a busy spring, participating in two events in New York City – the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meetings in March, and in the UU-UNO Intergenerational Seminar on Gender Equity in April.

At the Intergenerational Seminar, IWC board members from India (Elgiva Shullai), Philippines (Rev. Elvira Sienes), and Romania (Gizella Nagy) took part in a workshop conversation on gender equity in a global context, and IWC executive director Zsófia Sztranyiczki gave participants  fascinating insights  on how gender is constructed in various languages, highlighting gender biases that shape and reinforce gender inequity across cultures. Please read Elgiva, Elvira, and Gizella’s reflections on the seminar on pages 2-3 of this newsletter.

At the conclusion of the intergenerational seminar, the IWC organized its own event on global women’s empowerment and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Women’s Association of the UU Church of the Philippines, formalizing their ongoing collaboration to promote women’s equality, development, social justice, security, and peace. Please see the report on pages 4-5; the summary of the latest AWAKE training to prevent violence against women and girls in the Philippines (Siapo, Negros Oriental) is found on pages 6-7.

General Assembly is in Spokane, Washington later this month; if you  are attending, we hope you will plan to be at our poster session on Thursday, June 20, noon to 1:30 pm in Exhibit Hall A. IWC treasurer Geri Kennedy and board members Kathy Burek and Karen Kortsch are looking forward to greeting and chatting with members, friends, and interested passers-by. This is a wonderful occasion for you to get to know us better, find out more about our organization, and get answers to any questions you might have.

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! We are currently seeking individuals interested in joining our various committees; if you are interested, please send us an email at

Our Annual Meeting this year will not take place at the UUA General Assembly but on the ZOOM online platform in September. The specific date and time as well as other important details will be announced soon.

As we mourn the passing of Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson, we also remember how her work changed the landscape of Unitarian Universalism. Her passion and commitment to U*U women and women’s leadership were exemplary. We are honored to follow in her footsteps as we continue the work of empowerment and equality for women and girls worldwide.

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