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United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

School Sisters of Notre Dame delegation to participate in UN Commission on Status of Women

A delegation from the School Sisters of Notre Dame, including students from SSND-sponsored Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, is attending the the first week of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meeting March 10-14, 2014, in New York as the CSW addresses the “challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.”

During the annual two-week meeting, the CSW also will evaluate the outcomes of its session in 2011, which addressed “participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.” Member states, as well as representatives of United Nations entities and of non-governmental organizations such as the School Sisters of Notre Dame, will participate in the session. 

This year’s issue is especially relevant to School Sisters of Notre Dame who have been actively involved in the work of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) since their beginning in the year 2000, especially Goal No. 2, which addresses education, and Goal No. 3, which deals with empowering women, said Sister Eileen Reilly, SSND, director of the SSND UN-NGO office.

“As the Commission on the Status of Women assesses the challenges and achievements in the implementation of the MDGs, we SSNDs and our students and colleagues are looking forward  to being  part of the discussion,” Sister Eileen said. “As new goals are formulated, we also want to be involved, bringing experience from the more than 30 countries in which we serve.”

The Commission on the Status of Women is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. Every year, representatives of member states gather at the United Nations Headquarters to evaluate progress on gender equality, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame has been a registered NGO (non-governmental organization) with the U.N. Department of Public Information since 1993. In 1998, SSND received special consultative status with the ECOSOC.

In addition to Sister Eileen, the SSND delegation includes Sister Arlene Flaherty, OP, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation director for the SSND Atlantic-Midwest Province; Sister Maureen Fleming, SSND, pastoral minister at St. Luke, Westport, Conn.; Julie Gilberto-Brady, SSND communications coordinator; and Machan Bowman, a Notre Dame of Maryland University student who also attend last year.

The delegation includes three SSNDs who are studying at Mount Mary: Sister Paulina Raymond, SSND, from Micronesia; Sister Angela Ezugwu, SSND, from Nigeria; and Sister Joan Mukhwana, SSND, from Kenya. The other Mount Mary participants are Julie Tatlock, professor; and students Shamae Amore, from Jamaica; Laura Chapman, Milwaukee; Hayley Robinson, Bariboo, Wis.; Kathryn Roell, Iron Mountain, Wis.; Susan Taddey, Milwaukee; Heather Thomas-Flores, Milwaukee; Tiyara Townsend, Spain; and Irma Nayeli Rondin-Valle, Mexico.

The congregation of the School Sisters of Notre Dame is an international community of women religious. The Sisters educate with a world vision believing that the world can be changed through the transformation of persons. The sisters and their colleagues seek to empower women, youth and persons who are poor or marginalized and strive to change systems of poverty and injustice. Approximately 3,000 SSNDs minister in 34 countries.

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Click here for additional information about the CSW on the UN Women website.
Click here to view the SSNDs' work last year at the CSW.
Download the Prayer for the Millennium Development Goals.

For more information, contact:
Julie Gilberto-Brady, SSND Communications Coordinator



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