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Proceedings of the 55th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women Parallel Event

Empowerment of Women

A Parallel Event of the 55th Commission on the Status of Women

Commission on the Status of Women, a Parallel Event

NY 2011-03-02 Commission on the Status of Women Parallel Event

New York, USA - The Permanent Mission of Nigeria and Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations, in partnership with the Universal Peace Federation, sponsored “Women and the World at a Turning Point” hosted at Nigeria House, March 2, 2011.

The program, a parallel event of the 55th Commission on the Status of Women, drew over a hundred women to a day-long seminar concluded by an interfaith peace ceremony. [See report.]

Download: PowerPoint Report, Program Booklet

Date: March 2, 2011 | Location: New York, NY, USA

Sponsored by:
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Nigeria to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations
In partnership with the Universal Peace Federation

Interviews: Video Part 1 | Video Part 2 | Video Part 3

March 2, 2011
10:00 AM

Opening Plenary

Mrs. Genie Kagawa
Deputy Director, Office of UN Relations, Universal Peace Federation

Opening Remarks
H.E. Mrs. U. Joy Ogwu Text  | Video
Event Chairperson, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations

Congratulatory Remarks
H.E. Dr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser | Video
Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations

H.E. Mr. Thomas Mayr-Harting | Video
Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations

Video Presentation

“Forgiveness and the Healing of Nations” Text | Video
Mrs. Eileen Borris
Director of Training & Program Development, Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy

“Women and Reconciliation” | Video
Ms. Marie Claudine Mukamabano
Kuki Ndiho-Rwandan Orphans Support Project

“Women and Social Transformation” | Video
Mrs. Lynn Walsh
Director, Marriage and Family Peace Initiative, Universal Peace Federation

Songs of Peace
Seiko Lee
Japanese Soprano

11:30 AM

Session Two: Women and the Challenge of Popular Culture

Mrs. Tomiko Duggan
Director, UPF Office of Embassy Relations and Public Affairs, Washington D.C

H.E. Sheikha Alya Ahmed Bin Saif Al-Thani | Video

Mrs. Sharon Slater | Video
President, Family Watch International


Lunch and Discussion Groups

2:00 PM

Session Three: Women as Interfaith Leaders

Rev. Tsu-Wei Zoe Chang
President, Megaspheres

Mrs. Sharon Hamilton-Getz | Video
Vice President, Institute of International Social Development

Dr. Mahjabeen Hassan | Video | Comments
Founder, American Muslim Women’s Association

Rev. Deborah Steen-Ross, MSC, ACH | Video
Co-Director, The New Seminary for Interfaith Studies, New York

3:00 PM

Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony

Mrs. Tomiko Duggan

“Let There Be Peace on Earth”

3:30 PM



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