Bulletin Insert – October 21, 2018

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Applications

Applications are being accepted for Episcopal delegates to represent the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church at the 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York City, March 11th – 22nd, 2019. The priority theme for this meeting is: “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.”

The Episcopal delegation will consist of one delegate from each province of the Episcopal Church as well as a delegate from the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. The intent is to have the delegation as a whole reflect the diversity of the Episcopal Church, with priority given to those whose life experiences and advocacy speak most directly to the theme.

While in New York, Episcopal delegates will observe the official UNCSW meetings at United Nations headquarters and represent the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church through advocacy at the United Nations. They will be expected to participate in conference calls prior to the UNCSW meeting and evaluations, reports and follow-up actions once back home.

Delegates may be of any gender and at least 19 years old. They should be able to speak to the priority theme and willing to participate in advocacy at UNCSW. Anyone considering applying should have a relevant role at the parish, diocesan and/or provincial level, be accountable to a diocesan or provincial authority, and have a process for reporting back to the local community after participating in UNCSW.

Youth (ages 15-18) may also apply. Each youth must be accompanied by an adult chaperone, preferably a parent or legal guardian.

Delegates are expected to be in New York City March 8 – 22 for the UNCSW meeting or as close to the entire stay as possible. Delegates are responsible for their own travel, housing, program expenses and fundraising. A limited amount of scholarship funding may be available to support candidates who might not otherwise be able to attend due to financial constraints.

Following a review of the applications, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will choose the delegates. All applicants will be notified by the end of November. The application is available here: bit.ly/episcopalUNCSW. The deadline is October 26th. For more information contact Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church Representative to the United Nations, at lmain@episcopalchurch.org.

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