The President’s Message

Rev. Addae Ama Kraba

Rev. Addae Ama Kraba

Greetings,

IWC is committed to empowering women globally and advancing gender equality. As we continue to further this important mission, we recognize that collaborating with groups who have corresponding missions is vital. We may have dropped plans for a women’s gathering in the Boston area this coming spring with representatives of U.S.-based UU women’s organizations, but you can be sure that constructive discussions with the UU Women’s Federation and UU Women &Religion continue. We look forward to opportunities for greater collaboration.

February is Black History month, and more businesses than ever recognize and celebrate the achievements of African Americans and the contributions they’ve made on the world stage. The focused highlighting of a people and their culture provides an opportunity to gain more information about the unsung African Americans left on the margins, particularly women.

“Equity in Action: Gender in an Intersecting World” is the theme of the Intergenerational Spring Conference of the UU-UNO (April 11-13, 2019). This theme serves as motivation to develop new and more creative ways of empowering and supporting women. Following the conference, we welcome the opportunity of engaging with global sisters from Romania, India and the Philippines as they address Gender Equity in a panel discussion at Community Church of New York. Please join us!

The United Nation’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.” We have reason to celebrate the increasing numbers of women who are inspired and empowered to enter into roles that have been traditionally male-dominated. Please join us in honoring and celebrating International Women’s Day in 2019: a comprehensive packet for congregations is available for download/consultation, on our website.

The trajectory of empowering women continues upwards globally. A pilot leadership development program was successfully completed in Bolivia, where women took part in workshops that not only focused on leadership and entrepreneurship, but on topics aimed at increasing awareness of violence. Violence against women is also being addressed by the Seng Kynthei Women’s Wing of the Northeast India Unitarian Union and the UU Women’s Association of Philippines in comprehensive programs that engage men in strategies to reduce and prevent gender-based violence. IWC is justly proud to have assisted all three of these important programs.

2018 will be remembered for its activism, mostly led by grassroots groups and unwavering individuals. Let us carry that same spirit forward into 2019, inspired by the incredible power, resolve, and boldness of women around the globe.

Rev. Addae Ama Kraba, IWC President

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