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Like most of us, I look forward to the new spring season with all the beauty and freshness that comes with it. Likewise, I was also inspired by the anticipation of spending a few days in New York City at the United Nations for the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60). This year's conference with the theme "Women Empowered to Implement the Sustainable Development Goals" held from March 14 to the 24, was in no way a disappointment. I arrived in New York as a representative for WFWP USA, the Midwest Region. New York City was on fire with…
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This is my fourth year in a row representing WFWP USA at the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) events in New York City. Each year it is quite an experience when thousands of women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds from around the world, representing their countries, organizations, and causes, descend on New York City and the UN to participate in discussions at CSW events. As you might know, this year's annual topic is “Women Empowered to Implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).” This title in and of itself gave me a lot of hope for actual…
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Good evening! Thank you for choosing to spend your time and your weekend here at this conference in our nation’s capital exploring the many ways women of all ages can and do contribute to building a world of genuine and sustainable peace. I've been asked to introduce WFWP International, as well as our work at the United Nations. I'd like to start with the founding. WFWP was founded in 1992 by Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon in Seoul, South Korea with the full support and active participation of her beloved husband Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon. Together they founded numerous…
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We are here today to celebrate the advances made towards the equality and empowerment of girls and women. We are also being asked to re-think ways of achieving these global goals. There is no doubt that we are living in a turbulent time in world history. For example, bright young women from England and Canada are dropping out of universities and travelling to Iraq and Syria in order to support fraudulent nation-building. Why? I believe it is because a deep human longing to contribute to justice and change is not being properly addressed in our educational curricula, our institutions and…
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It was a great joy for WFWP USA to co-sponsor and participate in this year's CSW59 events in New York at the United Nations. More than 9,000 women from around the world and the United States registered this year. Among them were a good number of men! All were eager to participate in the main CSW59 (59th Commission on the Status of Women) session at the UN and in over 450 side or parallel events, all under the theme, "Make it Happen." This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, which promulgated the landmark Beijing…
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This past week I had the privilege to attend a few of the events at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59) conference held at the United Nations in New York. While delegations from 193 member nations held closed discussions, there were hundreds of public events happening throughout the day within and around the UN. In a single 90 minute time block, 10 or more events were occurring simultaneously. I was almost overwhelmed by the number of meetings I wanted to attend, with so many I was interested in that there was no way I could attend them…
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February 22nd, 2015

CSW 59 in Plain Language

Heather Fraser-Harris is a 23-year-old University of Bridgeport graduate who was appointed as administrator for WFWP International's UN Office in fall 2014. I am excited to see what Heather will bring to the WFWP community, as she is currently the youngest appointed staff member in the WFWP UN office. As of late, she has been busy coordinating WFWP's contributions to the CSW 59 (the 59th session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women), which will take place from March 9-20. WFWPI will hold a Parallel Event on March 9, from 12:30–2 p.m. in Ballroom II of the Armenian…
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In commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family and the Global Day of Parents, the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and the WFWP UN Office partnered to host a forum entitled, "The Significance of Parents in Human and Societal Development," which took place on June 17 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Logo for the International Year of the FamilyThis event was sponsored by UPF and the Permanent Mission of Grenada to the UN and was co-sponsored by the permanent representatives of Egypt, El Salvador, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Romania. I would like to especially…
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On Wednesday, June 11, Mrs. Shirley Chimes, Chairwoman of the WFWP Denver chapter, was invited to the Lunch Bunch meeting of the United Nations Association's Denver chapter to introduce the UNA's members to the Women's Federation for World Peace. Mrs. Chimes introduced WFWP co-founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon by describing her life and showing pictures of her. Mrs. Chimes then explained the origins of WFWP and spoke about the importance of the family. The UN Association "Lunch Bunch" Guests eagerly received the Spring WFWP UN Newsletter, the booklet of Dr. Moon's three milestone speeches, and the WFWP flier. Mrs.…
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Immediately following WFWP's March 18 luncheon to commemorate the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), guests and visitors were ushered across the street into the United Nations Church Center's Hardin Room, where a large gathering was anticipating a panel discussion on the topic, "Stories of Women's Leadership: Achievement and Challenges Toward Achieving Post-2015 Agenda Goals." At this CSW parallel event-co-sponsored by WFWP International, WFWP USA, and the Sound Essence Project-ladies representing diverse backgrounds, leadership abilities, and experiences reflected on their progress toward fulfilling the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Mrs. Alexa Ward, deputy director…
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