Released 1 March 2013
News Feature: The Salvation Army to Host Events During United
THE Salvation Army is playing a
full role at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which will convene in
New York, USA, at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters from 4 to 15 March.
Sixteen Salvation Army representatives will be attending the event, including
representatives from the four USA territories and personnel from the
International Social Justice Commission.
theme' of this year’s CSW is the 'Elimination and prevention of all forms
of violence against women and girls'. There is also a 'review theme': 'The
equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving
in the context of HIV/Aids'. There will be opportunity for intervention from
non-governmental organisations and and other groups from UN member states to
voice their thoughts on wording and ideas that should be put into the final
The Salvation Army will be hosting a parallel
event on 'Violence and the Church: A Salvation Army Perspective', with officers
and lay personnel speaking on how The Salvation Army responds to violence and
what mechanisms are in place to help in this growing issue. This will be one of
around 400 parallel events during the course of the CSW.
Salvation Army will also host a new event – a 'girls' tribunal'. This
will give girls from around the world opportunity to testify about violence
they have experienced. For many of the participants, this tribunal will be an
opportunity to raise awareness in a safe environment. The hope is that the
process will lead to them finding justice back in their home countries. The
sitting jurors are highly significant personnel in the international arena.
International Women’s Day, on 8 March, will be acknowledged
during the CSW. The theme for this event the year is 'A promise is a promise:
Time for action to end violence against women.'
The Salvation Army
will take part in devotions during the course of the CSW and will lead one
Report by Major Victoria Edmonds
to the UN
The Salvation Army
International Social Justice