Thursday, March 8, 2012

UN Announces Plans for a 5th Global Women's Conference

The following announcement was made at a United Nations Press Conference today:

The President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and the Secretary-General of the United Nations H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon would like to jointly propose the convening of a Global Conference on Women by the United Nations in 2015, twenty years after the last women’s summit in Beijing.

Given that women compose the half of humanity and the inherent importance and relevance of women issues for the global progress, it is high time that such a world conference is convened, more so as the world is going through enormous changes in all fronts having both positive and other implications for women.

The President of the General Assembly and the Secretary-General hope that the international community in general would welcome this joint initiative. They also hope that the Member-States who have the final authority to convene the proposed conference would take the necessary step in that regard during the on-going 66th session of the General Assembly.

They believe that high point that the UN reached with the establishment of UN-Women in 2011 can be meaningfully substantiated with a global programme focusing on women and articulated at the Fifth Conference.

The Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing which adopted in 1995 the current Forward-Looking Platform of Action was preceded by three such world conferences beginning in 1975 in Mexico City, in 1980 in Copenhagen and in 1985 in Nairobi, held in intervals of five years. The enthusiasm of civil society, particularly women’s organizations, for such a conference has added extra strength to the general support expected for the proposal.

The Assembly President and the Secretary-General believe that a world conference on women would do justice in looking closely not only at the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action but also at the emerging issues, in particular  those relating to women and political participation, UNSCR 1325 related  issues on women and peace & security, equal access to decent work and to decision-making, involvement of rural women and girls as well as aid effectiveness, food security, trafficking, drugs, migration, environment, climate change, information technology  which impact on women in various ways  at all levels. As a result, naturally these have implications for nations and societies as a whole. With their manifested complexities, all those areas need to be addressed in a holistic manner, benefitting from ever-widening potentials of global connectivity.

In all these, role and involvement of the young people, particularly women, would bring in an important dimension of intergenerational empowerment that did not get a deserving prominence in earlier conferences.
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Special thanks to Jean Bolen for a decade of work to keep the spirit of a 5th Women's Conference alive at the UN. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Heading for New York and the UN-CSW

I will leave in a few days for New York to join a river of women at the 56th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Women of Spirit and Faith will co-host numerous workshops and events including:

Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership
CSW Parallel Event/ Workshop
Tuesday, February 28
8:30 am - 10 a.m.
Drew Room/ Lower Level
Church Center of the United Nations
777 First Avenue at 44th Street

“Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership” - Book Event
Featuring readings by authors from the book and circle dialogue
Tuesday, February 28
6: 30 pm
Quest Bookshop
240 E. 53rd Street


Sacred Women's Circle
Co-Hosted with Millionth Circle, Circle Connections, International Public Policy Institute, 5WCW and others
Wednesday. February 29
7-9 pm
Chapel/ 1st floor - Episcopal Church Center
815 Second Avenue

These events are all open to the public and free.

Along with more than 15 other organizations we also invite you to join in a
Global Call to Participate in Prayerful Silence
Sunday - February 26

On the eve of the opening of the 56th Session of the UN-Commission on the Status of Women, women of all spiritual traditions are invited to join in prayer and silence for the good of the world's women and girls - wherever they are and at any time that day.

Women of all spiritual traditions are invited to join in prayer and silence, to hold in their hearts the hopes of those who come to the CSW: for homes and a world without violence and fear, where there will be good food, air and water, education and medical care, for women's empowerment and gender equality,
for consciousness, voice and choice, for circles with a sacred center to support the wisdom and courage of women in them, and for there to be a UN 5th World Conference on Women.

Feel free to share this invitation with your communities and networks!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Global Call to Prayer - February 26 - On the Eve of UN-CSW

Women of Spirit and Faith joins with numerous other women's organizations to broadcast this invitation.

Sunday, February 26
Global Call to Participate in 5 Minutes of Prayerful Silence

On the eve of the opening of the 56th Session of the UN-Commission on the Status of Women, women of all spiritual traditions - wherever they are and at any time that day - are invited to join in prayer and silence for the good of the world's women and girls . Women of all spiritual traditions are invited to join in prayer and silence, to hold in their hearts the hopes of those who come to the CSW: for homes and a world without violence and fear, where there will be good food, air and water, education and medical care, for women’s empowerment and gender equality, for consciousness, voice and choice, for circles with a sacred center to support the wisdom and courage of women in them, and for there to be a UN 5th World Conference on Women.

Share this invitation freely in your communities, congregations and networks.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Mark your calendar and plan to join us at an exciting Bay-Area Book Event!
Featuring three of our beloved authors
from Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership

Jean Shinoda Bolen
Carol Lee Flinders
China Galland


January 13, 2012
7-9 pm

Book Passages
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925

This event is FREE!
Bring your friends and join us for an evening of deep connection and authentic conversation
at the intersection of faith and feminism,women's spirituality and transformative leadership.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Book launched at Seattle events October 26 and 27!

Women of Spirit and Faith
will launch our new book
Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power
in Seattle!


Join us at these exciting events
as we celebrate the publication of this remarkable anthology of diverse women’s voices
and explore the transformative power of women’s spiritual leadership
with circle dialogues and deep listening.
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Wednesday - October 26, 2011
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Book Event and Signing
East West Bookshop
6500 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

Thursday - October 27, 2011
7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Where Grace Meets Power: A Women’s Gathering
Interfaith Community Church
1763 NW 62nd Street
Seattle, Washington 98107


From the book:

We invite you to come with curiosity into this living community of spiritual women, listening deeply as they share their personal stories of how their spiritual journeys have shaped and honed them as leaders, stories about breakdowns that were actually breakthroughs, stories of relationships with other women that were both affirming and challenging, and stories about local and global challenges that were faced with integrity and collaboration, candor and compassion. We do not offer answers to all of the complex questions facing us as a human family, but we invite you to join us as we surrender to the mystery of being open, present, and engaged together in these uncertain times.


All four editors of this book will be available at these events
to sign your books and to engage with you in a rich conversation.

No cost to attend.

No RSVP necessary for either event.

Bring your friends!

Pass this invitation along to your Seattle area colleagues and contacts.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Join me on The World-Changing Success Telesummit

9 Experts.  5 Days. 
Join me at The World-Changing Success Telesummit as we offer tips and advice on how to step forward and bring your gifts to the world. 
Kate Siner Francis will interview me July 11at 4 pm Pacific time.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Interview on Weaving the World

I recently joined long-time friend Sharon Maynard for a great conversation about women, spirituality, leadership and so much more. Check it out at Weaving the World.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Check out my interview on Circle Connections Blogtalk Radio

Listen in on my juicy conversation with Rhonda Hull of Circle Connections!
Show: Exploring the Alchemy of Our Spiritual Leadership: Women Redefining Power

Date/Time: Mar 28, 2011 12:30 PM PDT

Listen: Click to listen.

Rhonda's co-host Ann Smith was not able to join us today. Ann and Rhonda anchor a great radio program and I encourage you to listen to their archived programs for a wonderful exploration of women's potential.



Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Enjoy this TED Women talk by Courtney Martin

I am delighted to share this TED Women talk by Courtney Martin, a remarkable young woman leader who attended our Women of Spirit and Faith Retreat in November.

http://www.ted.com/talks/courtney_martin_reinventing_feminism.html  

The TED folks introduce Courtney with this language: TED Talks Blogger Courtney Martin examines the perennially loaded word "feminism." In a personal and heartfelt talk, she describes the three paradoxes that define her generation's quest to define the term for themselves.

I would use this language: I am filled with gratitude for Courtney’s keen intelligence, her huge open heart and her grounded wisdom. Her talk is a lived experience of what happens when you weave together feminism with spiritual leadership. She brought me to tears and flooded me with optimism about the future of this planet.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Voices of Women - Radio Show Friday March 4

On Friday, March 4 at 1 pm Pacific Time, I will be the guest of award-winning host Kris Steinnes on her radio show, Voices of Women. We will be discussing ‘The Alchemy of Women’s Spiritual Leadership”.

To listen live or to connect with us during the show we have several options.

• Go to http://www.transformationtalkradio.com/  and click on “Listen Live” on the right side of the home page. A player will pop up and you may have to hit the play button.

• Listen on WBLQ 1230 in Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York

• Listener call-in 1 800 930 2819

If you want to listen later, a link to the show is available here:
http://www.transformationtalkradio.com/meet_shows.php?id=4364.

Thanks for listening!