By Yvonne Hileman
The Presbyterian delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women spent today worshiping with Ecumenical Women at the UN and going through their orientation to the Commission. We were thrilled to be able to hear Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women, speak at the morning worship service. She said the time is now to step up the game for women's rights and that a good man who is silent in the face of injustice toward women is not a good man. She said the world will not solve poverty nor have peace until women are central to the process.
Orientation included training on the Commission's draft statement, which is an important advocacy tool. Morning and evening worship was led by the high-energy UN Church Center chaplain, Dionne Boissierie. And this delegation is not one to sit back and let the choir do all the singing! This is a group of doers, a motivated and proactive group who fully participated in rousing renditions of "I'm Gonna Live So God Can Use Me" in the morning and "We Are Marching" ("Siyahamba/Caminando") in the evening.
There are 40 Presbyterian delegates at the UN Commission. Read one delegate's (Bobbie Karchner's) reflections on the first day's experience at https://tricountyministries.weebly.com/un-blog.html. Bobbie is pastor of three Presbyterian churches in Missouri.