Episcopal delegates to U.N. women’s commission discuss their advocacy for gender justice

By Melodie Woerman

Episcopal News Service

Nine Episcopal women who served as delegates to the 67th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women gathered in a March 23 webinar to discuss the topics they tackled and the experiences they had during the meeting, which took place March 6-17. The theme for the annual event was innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

The nine attended on behalf of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and represented his identified priorities in their work:

  1. Extend accessibility to all and prioritize marginalized women and girls.
  2. Ensure human rights protections, safety and security.
  3. Accelerate gender equality education for all.

The presiding bishop’s delegation was among more than 7,000 accredited representatives who attended the event, according to Lynnaia Main, the Episcopal Church’s representative to the United Nations.

She called this Episcopal delegation the most cohesive in years, in part because they could gather in person for the first time since 2019, but also because they were so dedicated to connecting with each other. “Our fellow ecumenical partners remarked on their diligence and faithfulness,” she said during the webinar, adding, “they have made their mark.”

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