Food, Women, and Interfaith at CSW61

TOU Board members with CSW attendees

The Temple of Understanding is back from the 61st annual UN Commission on the Status of WomenWe collaboratively organized three successful sessions and an interfaith service of remembrance. Scroll down for photos, a full session video, reports and more.
Upcoming Events
Indigenous Issues Events, April 25 & 26 in NYC

Held during the 2017 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, these events are open to the public and are co-sponsored by the Mining Working Group (a coalition of which TOU is part) and other close colleagues.

People's Climate Marches, April 29
The Parliament of the World's Religions and more than 800 organizations are promoting the  People's Climate March , the second mass "People's Climate Movement" mobilization for millions to walk together in a united call for "jobs, justice and climate" this spring. Marches will be held in Washington DC and in cities around the world. 

CSW61 and After

Interfaith Service of Remembrance

This year's  interfaith service  again remembered women murdered for standing up for their rights. We especially honored Honduran activists  Berta C├íceres and Lesbia Yaneth Urquia, both murdered for trying to stop a hydroelectric project that threatened water and land.

DPI/NGO Session

The Temple of Understanding co-organized three sessions, including a session with DPI/NGO (UN Department of Public Information) entitled "Women as Roots of Change: Sustainable Food Production and Sovereignty."  Speakers included Sister Celine Paramunda, Medical Mission Sisters; Betty Lyons (Onondaga Nation), American Indian Law Alliance (photo on right); Roberto Mukaro Borrerro, International Indian Treaty Council (photo on left); and Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief, New York UNCTAD.

Our session with the Women's Major Group and UNCTAD focused on gender justice in trade. UNCTAD has a set of online publications  that are part of their gender initiative. They write, "Taking into account gender perspectives in macro-economic policy, including trade policy, is essential to pursuing inclusive and sustainable development and to achieving fairer and beneficial outcomes for all."

Our session "Roots of Change: Reclaiming Economics for Women and Community" gave the audience an opportunity to exchange personal views and voice heartfelt concerns. We are especially grateful for speaker  Sister Celine Paramunda  (Medical Mission Sisters), as well as speaker  Crystal Simeoni (FEMNET), who brought a  background in rural economic development and fighting inequality.

New Human Right to Water Guide

Water & Sanitation: A People's Guide to SDG 6 was released during CSW61.  The Temple of Understanding is a proud member of the Mining Working Group that produced this tool, available free online.

Download Water & Sanitation as a PDF >>

US Cutting Funding to the United Nations Population Fund

Just after CSW61, we learned that the US is cutting its funding to UNFPA. Our wonderful colleague Azza Karam of UNFPA spoke at our October event about her efforts to have the religious service providers recognized. Asking those providing food, shelter, medical care and education about what is needed in specific locations is crucial to effectively enacting the Sustainable Development Goals. We at the Temple of Understanding are deeply concerned about the cuts that will prevent UNFPA from delivering essential services to women, babies, and families around the globe.
Resources for Peace
Compassion Course Online 2017

The New York Center for Nonviolent Communication presents a one-year online course with  Thom Bond, NYCNVC's Founder and Director of Education. 
Through weekly email messages, the course imparts concepts, stories and practices that empower us to be more compassionate. The cost is on a sliding scale from $0 to $104 for the year, and the course starts June 21.


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