International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is March 8. Look under the International Women’s Day 2017 tab to learn more about what we’re doing to celebrate!

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Origins of International Women’s Day

           March 8 was first declared “National Women’s Day” by the U.S. Congress in 1911. In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating March 8 as International Women’s Day.  The Day is traditionally marked with a message from the Secretary-General.

            The purpose of the Day is to recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms requires the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security. For the women of the world, the Day’s symbolism has a wider meaning: it is an occasion to review how far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development. It is also an opportunity to unite, network and mobilize for meaningful change (www.internationalwomensday.org). The world-wide theme for the 2017 celebration is

#Be Bold for Change.

            We are pleased that the Maya Angelou Women’s Health and Wellness Center and several downtown businesses will honor women in our community with purple lighting and other features, and we hope others will join in “going purple” to commemorate this important day.  

            We hope each participant in the Day’s activities will be wearing purple.  If you were unaware of this tradition, please take one of our purple ribbons and wear it with pride throughout the day.

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4th Unity Women’s Consultation. A Year Ago?

Dear Sisters,

One year ago we got ready to meet in Paramaribo. What an excitement to meet all of you at Krasnapolsky; and what a blessing to spent about a week with you.

Do you remember the worships, the talks, the time of walking, singing, eating, listening to music?

Do you remember?

Do you remember the Bible studies and presentations and small group discussions?

Do you remember the covenants, we created?

Are we still true to what we said and wrote and meant a year ago?

I feel it’s worthwhile to pay attention to the covenants again.

Please, take some time to reflect: what did I do towards these goals?

What happened in my province towards reaching these goals?

It would be wonderful when you could share your experiences by sending an email to our office: unitywomen2011@gmail.com.

Covenant“Parenting for Justice”

We, the “Parenting for Justice” focus group, admit ourselves to be a living witness of the LOVE of Jesus Christ who lives in us every day (24/7).

We will be parents and spiritual parents, particularly to children, and young people, and those who do not know God.

Titus 2:3-8
Covenant of the group considering “Violence against women” (SALSA)

Seek to improve our relationship with God

Assist women and girls to grow spiritually

Listen

Support

Advocate for justice for women

COVENANT of the Education Group

We, the Education Group of the 4th Unity Women’s Consultation, covenant to:

  • Advocate for education in our congregations and communities

  • Foster life-long learning

  • Be active participants in our contexts

  • Share ourexperiences

  • Expand the understanding of women in ministry

  • Encourage and support women to use their gifts and talents to serve God and His people.

COVENANT OF THE WOMEN IN MINISTRY SMALL GROUP

As Women in Ministry we covenant to return to our Provinces to affirm the position of women in church leadership through our obligation to educate others about issues that concern women every day; to be a resource for each other; to pray for each other and create circles of trust and safety reflective of God as a loving parent in a just society.

I greet you with the daily text from today, February 4th:

The fear of others lays a snare, but one who trusts in the Lord is secure. Proverbs 29:25

Who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed.  1 Peter 3:13–14

May God bless us all in our life and ministry and may we all be a blessing and a keeper for our sisters and brothers.

Erdmute D. Frank

 

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Please find in this link: http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/events/16-days-of-activism-against-gender-based-violence  an article on 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. This link will take you to the World Council of Churches’ website, feel free to explore the website, but also consider what you can do to be an activist against gender-based violence.

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