Sharing: The Sixtieth Session of UN Commission on the Status of Women

       As part of our reflection phase, I attended the first three days of the Sixtieth session of United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.  Maryknoll Office for Global Concern is one of the stakeholders at the UN (http://maryknollogc.org/) .  There are main events and side events during this ten days session, which are held in different conference room inside and outside UN Headquarters by different stakeholders. 
According to one of the registration staffs, there are 5,000 participants registered for this session.  I got my UN ground pass ID prior to the opening session to avoid long queue and it can be used for the whole session.      
1)    The Connections between undocumented immigration and trafficking of women: global and regional trends and challenges
2)    Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls in the Digital and Technological Age: Technology as a Tool of Empowerment and Safety for Women and Girls at Risk of Gender-based Violence
3)    Launch of UN Women Policy Brief on Emerging Issues in Gender and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene.
4)   The Gender Pay Gap: What is it, why does it still exist and how do we get rid of it?
5)    Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls to Achieve Sustainable Development
6)    The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls: why it matters for sustainable development
7)    Outside Our Silos: The Power of Inclusive Engagement to Prevent Violent Extremism.
8)    How can social and technological innovations contribute to achieving gender equality
9)    High-level event on Gender Equality and Global Call to Action on Equal Pay
10) The Role of Women in Small Medium-Size Enterprises (SMEs): How We Can Contribute to Advancing Economies for Human-centered Sustainable Development
11)   An evening event of words, performance and music to call for action to eliminate Female Genital Mutilation, Child Marriage and Son Preference by 2030

I had a chance to attend the English daily Mass at Our Lady of Angels Church (http://www.ourladyofangelsparish.org/),  Church of St. Francis Assisi (http://www.stfrancisnyc.org/), and Indonesian Sunday Mass at Resurrection and Ascension Church (http://www.rachurch.net/) besides visiting Our Lady of Angelus Church (http://www.ola63.org/) and gathering with the Chinese priests who are studying under Maryknoll China Formators Program at Church of Our Saviour (http://churchoursaviour.org/).

            Here is the link of the pictures: share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=0EbuWrFm4ZM2bn and an article about it: http://maryknollogc.org/article/un-commission-status-women
    It’s a privilege to attend the session of UN CSW 60.  I am grateful for this opportunity to attend it and to visit the Indonesian Community and the Chinese priests; for warm welcome, hospitality, all the treats and gifts.  May God continue to bless all of you!

Ossining-New York, Mar 17, 2016
Happy St. Patrick’s Day


Sr. Anastasia B. Lindawati, M.M.

Let’s do simple things with simple love to make God’s love visible