World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI)

June 30, 2013

WCCI Participation in CSW

WCCI’s Participation in the 57th UN Commission on the Status of Women

March 4 – 15, 2013

Every spring for nearly six decades the United Nations has convened the Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission assesses the global situation of women, focusing particularly on member states’ achievements in fulfilling UN policies and standards, adopted to advance women’s equality, a founding principle of the world organization. The 2013 theme for the interstate discussions and the parallel NGO sessions carried on at and around the UN headquarters in New York was “Violence against Women.” WCCI was represented in the NGO sessions and events by Jessica Kimmel of Incarnate Word University and Betty Reardon of the International Institute on Peace Education.

Betty focused on programs organized by peace organizations intended to illuminate the violence women suffer as a consequence of war and armed conflict and achievements and needs in the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. She presented on two panels one on the economic violence women suffer as a result of the resource wars that plague many world areas; the other on sexual violence frequently perpetrated by fellow soldiers against women service members. These panels were collaboratively organized by other NGOs with which WCCI is building cooperative relationships as the organization takes up a more active role in the global civil society represented in the United Nations affiliated NGO community. These organizations were the Global Network of Women Peace builders, United Methodist Women and Voice of Women Canada.

In both cases she referred to the systemic nature of military violence against women as it is described in a statement (