Adapted from the Office of Public Affairs

The Episcopal Church Center is accepting applications for a provincial delegate and up to 20 churchwide delegates to represent the church at the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) on March 13-24, 2017.

The provincial delegate and the churchwide delegates will attend the UNCSW proceedings at the United Nations and will represent the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion in their advocacy at the U.N., including joint advocacy with the group Ecumenical Women.

The 61st UNCSW’s priority theme is “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work” and the review theme is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the 58th session).”

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Applications are open to an adult or youth (ages 14-19), woman or man, who can speak to either theme and wishes to participate in advocacy at the UNSCW. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

Applicants should have a relevant role at a parish, diocesan, or provincial level, be accountable to a diocesan or provincial authority, and have a plan for reporting back to the local community after participating in UNCSW.

Delegates will be expected to be present in New York City for the UNSCW meeting between March 10 and 24 or as close to the entire stay as possible. Delegates will be responsible for their own travel, housing, and program expenses.

Following a review of the applications, the delegates will be chosen by Episcopal Church After an initial review by staff members, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will choose the delegates.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 16. All applicants will be notified by mid-October.

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