Roots of Change: Reclaiming Economics for Women and Community (CSW61)

Roots of Change: Reclaiming Economics for Women and Community

Part of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women

Thursday, March 16, 10:30 am
Salvation Army, Downstairs
221 E 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

 

Women’s opportunity and necessity has traditionally been in farming and textiles. It is crucial to re-vision women’s roles in a broader context. Women’s economic empowerment needs to involve equity, ownership, and a community focus. Our 10-minute film Roots of Change: Food Sovereignty, Women and Eco-Justice demonstrates the dangers we face as corporations replace local family farms and fisheries. It features women’s perspectives and includes men on all levels, suggesting the values we need to foster in order to reclaim our economic future.

Speakers will address concerns such as loss of local knowledge, community based solutions, innovative practices, and the impacts of international trade. In our interconnected world, women’s empowerment lies in a robust local community as well as justice in the global community.

Co-sponsored by the Temple of Understanding and the Women’s Major Group.

On A Gender-Just & Sustainable Trade Agenda (CSW61)

On A Gender-Just & Sustainable Trade Agenda

Part of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women

Monday, March 20, 2017, 1:15 – 2:30 pm
Ex-Press Bar, Third Floor
United Nations HQ, New York

This panel will consider the impacts of international trade on women’s empowerment in diverse countries, as well as the systemic human rights issues involved. We will explore the potential for trade to support Sustainable Development Goal 5 and be a tool to redress economic imbalances. Economic justice must be strengthened using research, data, education and effective implementation. UNCTAD’s research, mandate, potential and challenges will be presented. 
 
We will consider the use of a human rights frame: the Human Right to Food and the Human Right to Water (SDG 6) are particularly relevant to women as small farmers and food providers. We will also address women’s ownership of land and/or resources and women’s unpaid labor. Women’s voices from India, El Salvador and the US will be brought in via a short film to frame the gravity of the concerns and call for an inclusive bounty.
 

Panelists

  • Grove Harris, Temple of Understanding, moderating and introducing short film Roots of Change: Food Sovereignty, Women and Eco-Justice
  • Chantal Line Carpentier, PhD. Chief, UNCTAD New York Office
  • Kate Lappin, Regional Coordinator, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
  • Respondents, with local/regional updates and promising practices

 

Organizer

Temple of Understanding

Co-Sponsor

Women’s Major Group

 

Links

UNCTAD – Trade, Gender and Development
http://unctad.org/en/Pages/DITC/Gender-and-Trade/Trade,-Gender-and-Development.aspx

Women’s Major Group Joint Statement – UNCTAD 14
http://apwld.org/womens-major-group-joint-statement-unctad-14/ 

Temple of Understanding – Food Sovereignty
http://templeofunderstanding.org/what-we-do/food/

Short Film on Food Sovereignty and Women by TOU, Oct. 24 Premiere in NYC

Roots of Change: Food Sovereignty, Women, and Eco-Justice

Update: Watch This Film Now! >>

Premiere and Discussion

with
Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier
(Chief, New York UNCTAD)
Dr. Azza Karam (UNFPA)
speakers from the film and audience members

Monday, October 24, 2-4 PM
Church Center at the United Nations
2nd Floor Conference Room
1st Ave and 44th St., NYC

“We can no longer afford to keep women at bay, to keep them 
from the resources that they need to be able to grow food, 
to be able to feed their families, to be able to feed their communities,
to bring their knowledge and their leadership to the fore.”
–Grove Harris, Roots of Change


Roots of Change
 features women’s spirited calls to change our global direction. In this visually striking short film, women warn of the current realities and looming threats of food crisis, climate change, and corruption. Women’s leadership and ownership in local systems of food production are desperately needed–as is the collaboration of their husbands, brothers, fathers, and sons. This leadership and ownership is what is meant by food sovereignty.

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Through grassroots activism and transformation of global trade, people can work to curb exploitation of people and the planet. Foreign direct investment must be shaped to benefit women and Indigenous people. Additionally, people’s rights to commonly held resources such as water and agricultural land must be protected.The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals were designed to address the root causes of inequality. Both education and financial resources are required to address needs such as clean water and sanitation, nourishing food, and affordable clean energy. But the sustainability goals cannot be met without the full participation of women. Their effort and knowledge is needed to move forward, to develop diversified agricultural systems that will sustain humanity through the crisis of global climate change.

Roots of Change envisions a revolution in values that will result in clean water and nourishing food for all: a global culture in harmony with the environment that values relationships more than things. Only with a radical system shift that liberates the voices and bodies of women can we achieve a future that is healthy, diverse, peaceful, and whole.

Speakers in the film come from the Temple of Understanding’s events at the Commission on the Status of Women, the annual forum for advocacy on women’s issues at the United Nations.

Tea and cookies will be served.

The Same Heart – Ending Poverty One Transaction at a Time

From Media Voices for Children:

wusuo8njvvy8xvjz1mhsThe Same Heart film imagines a world where a tiny tax on financial transactions helps meet the unmet chronic needs of poor children at home and around the world. Today, one billion children, every other child, live without one of the essentials for a decent life: food, medicine, sanitation, shelter, education and even basic security.  Six Nobel Peace Laureates, and two Nobel economists support our call to action by appearing in the  film’s cast. You can learn more at mediavoicesforchildren.org, the non-profit organization sponsoring the film.

Three major screenings of the film are happening in September: The New York Premier on September 13th at The New York Society for Ethical Culture, September 21st at The International House in Philadelphia (part of United Nations International Peace Day), and a Capitol Hill Briefing on September 27th to provide members of Congress with the latest information about the financial tax bills now pending.

You can find out the details about each of these showings here. Each screening is followed by a Q&A that includes experts in economics, the environment, child welfare, human rights and child rights. in New York, musicians from our gorgeous soundtrack will start the night with music from Mali and around the world.

Interfaith Prayer Service on Ending AIDS, 6/7/16

World_Aids_Day_RibbonAll are welcome to unite in prayer on the eve of
the United Nations High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS for

an Interfaith Prayer Service on ending AIDS

Tuesday, June 7 at the United Nations Church Center, 5:30pm
777 United Nations Plaza, New York City

We’ll pray together for a strong Political Declaration on AIDS and to strengthen the engagement of faith communities in the comprehensive response to HIV.

After the service, please join us for the book launch of Behold I Make All Things New, published by Church of Sweden. A reception will be held at 8:30pm to celebrate iftar, the daily breaking of the fast during the holy month of Ramadan, with our Muslim colleagues.

Mothers Promoting Values for Sustainable Development @ UN CSW

UN Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Implementation of the Global Goals: Contributions from the Mothers of Values to Create Awareness for the Economic, Social and Environmental Dimensions in the Gender Perspective and Women and Girls Empowerment

 

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March 23, 2016 @ 8:30am
SA Auditorium, 221 East 52nd Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue, New York, USA

Chair:

  • Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, Community Mayor of Harlem, Ambassador of Goodwill to Africa

Co-chair:

  • Mr. Peter Smith, Chief Administrative Officer to the United Nations for Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)

Mother of the Day and Key Speaker:

  • Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan, Hon. Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development

Moderator:

  • Grove Harris, Acting Executive Director, Temple of Understanding

Panelists:

  • Justina Okogun, Executive Director, OO Safewomb International Foundation (OOSAIF)
    • “All Nations Unite to Advance Women and Girls: SDGs a Panacea”
  • Claudine Mukamabano, Executive Director, Why Do I Exist
    • “The Power of Social Media and its Benefit to Women and Girls”
  • Grove Harris, Acting Executive Director, Temple of Understanding
    • “Women, Water and Development for Justice”

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Food Sovereignty, Women & Sustainability, 3/18/16 at UN CSW

Food Sovereignty, Women & Sustainability:
The Roots of System Change

2016 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
Friday, March 18, 2016
Salvation Army (SA), 221 E. 52nd St., New York
8:30 AM in the auditorium

Chantal Line Carpentier, Nina Simons, Jen Kopec, Grove Harris

Chantal Line Carpentier, Nina Simons, Jen Kopec, Grove Harris

 

This panel explored access to healthy food as a lens toward understanding the interconnections of all our equity and sustainability issues. Ensuring sustainable food for all is clearly both a practical and a moral effort; faith communities have long been committed to this. Access to decent food can be seen as a crosscutting issue through all the Sustainable Development Goals; it touches on justice, sovereignty, health, climate change, water, economy, faith and world peace, and women’s leadership in all these arenas. The nourishment, health, economics, sustainability and peace of families, communities and nation states improve as the leadership and literacy of women increase.

Panelists reflected from their diverse perspectives on specific strategies towards food sovereignty for all, as well as what sustains them in their work, both in literal food and in spirit. Meeting this most basic human need can illuminate a path towards a healthier and more just future.

Speakers:

Chantal Line Carpentier, chief, New York UNCTAD Office
Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers
Jen Kopec, intuitive healer, consciousness in food and body

Moderator:

Grove Harris, Representative to the United Nations, Temple of Understanding

Sponsors:

Temple of Understanding
Bioneers
UNCTAD New York
Parliament of World’s Religions
Mining Working Group
Feminist Task Force

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Women, Water, and Wellbeing, 3/22/16

March 22, 2016 from 10:00-11:15am
United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room 11
RSVP by March 17

This interactive dialogue will address the intersection of the human right to water and sanitation and water justice for women. The speakers will address the multifaceted nature of this vital resource and common good, essential for life. In addition to perspectives from government, research, ethics, and practical humanitarian responses, the experiences and wisdom of women will be presented.

The TOU is part of the Mining Working Group, which is co-sponsoring this event.

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Interfaith Service at UN CSW, 3/18/16

CSW Interfaith Service 2016

Interfaith Service of Remembrance and Gratitude

2016 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
Friday, March 18, 2016, 6:00pm
Chapel of the Church Center for the United Nations
New York, New York

The Temple of Understanding is a co-sponsor and organizing partner of the “Interfaith Service of Remembrance and Gratitude” which was held Friday, March 18th in the Chapel of the Church Center for the United Nations as part of the 2016 Commission on the Status of Women.

Interfaith Award to be presented to Shri Mumtaz Ali

Dr. Karan Singh (Temple of understanding Invitation card)