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|Sisters Rose Ann Hefner and Mary Ellen Loch. ||Sister Rose Ann Hefner inside the UN. ||Sister Rose Ann Hefner and Judith Wilkinson.|
of St. Joseph has a long history of supporting women and women’s issues, and
that includes gender equality. Recently, members of our Peace & Justice
Team - Sisters Mary Ellen Loch, CSJ, and Rose Ann Hefner, CSJ, and team member Judith Wilkinson - attended the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), taking place at the the UN headquarters in New York City March 13-24, 2017.
is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the
promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The CSW is
instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s
lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and
the empowerment of women.
focus of this year’s event is women’s economic empowerment in the changing
world of work. Attendees include global leaders, civil and government
representatives, private sector and activists who will meet to mobilize and
strategize, share new initiatives and commit actions to advance gender equality
and women’s empowerment.
would say that this UN Commission on the Status of Women is a true hope for the
world,” said Sister Mary Ellen Loch. “As an integral part of the United Nations,
women from all over the world are making a difference in the lives of women everywhere,
reducing poverty and violence, building peace and solidarity, and making the world a better place. In this way, we are all sisters."
The Congregation of St. Joseph stands with women and works to address many issues facing women today - poverty, homelessness, violence of any kind including domestic abuse and human trafficking, issues related to immigration and families, and care of life.