21 February 2013

Africa: UN Ambassador to Tell Anglicans - 'Ensure Women's Equality'

Renowned Bangladeshi diplomat Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury will be telling Anglican women from around the world that the end of violence against women is only one step in ensuring gender equality.

The former Permanent Representative to the United Nations and United Nations Under-Secretary General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, will be the keynote speaker for an event held at the Episcopal Church Center chapel on March 5.

The title of his speech is "End of Violence is not the End - Ensure Women's Equality".

The event will form part of a packed programme put together by the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations in New York for an international delegation of Anglican women present in New York for the 57th meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women taking place at the UN Headquarters from March 1 to 15.

Rachel Chardon of the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations in New York said, "Ambassador Chowdhury has been a tireless spokesperson for peace, women, children, and the poorest segment of humanity - and we look forward to hearing his insights."

The Ambassador's biography is long and distinguished, but he is perhaps most notably accredited for work on development in struggling nations, global peace, and the rights of women and children.

The Anglican delegation of women from around the Communion will be engaging with this year's priority theme for the Commission on the Status of Women: the "Elimination and Prevention of all Forms of Violence Against Women and Girls."

They will share experiences and highlight issues of concern as well as the progress that has been made for women in their respective regions. Each delegate will represent her own Anglican Province and bring local knowledge and insights from many countries including Australia, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, England, Scotland, the United States, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

They will return to their countries with advocacy training skills facilitated by the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations, new knowledge, and fresh resolve to continue advocacy at home, with the help of others.

For more information about the Anglican Communion delegation at the UN Commission on the Status of Women or to attend the keynote speech by Ambassador Chowdhury, please contact Rachel Chardon by phone at +1-212-716-6262 or via e-mail at unoffice@anglicancommunion.org

Follow the latest about the Anglican women's involvement at www.anglicancommunion.org/acns and via #anglicanCSW on Twitter.

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