Monday, January 28, 2013

Join the Conversation: Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women

The Women's Task Force will participate in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in March as women from around the world gather to focus on eliminating violence against women. One of our offerings will featured a panel of women leaders from diverse religious perspectives exploring the topic " Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women".

You are invited to join in this important conversation when we host our February tele-conference on this same topic. This teleconference will be a facilitated dialogue inviting your voice and participation. We value your insights, questions, concerns and perspectives on this complex and challenging topic.

There is no need to RSVP or register for this call. Simply use the call in number below and enter the access code. You will be warmly welcomed and guided into the conversation.
Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women
Tele-Conference and Dialogue
Sunday -  February 10, 2013
2 pm Pacific Time / 3 pm Mountain Time/ 4 pm Central Time/ 5 pm Eastern Time
Call In Number (213) 342-3000
Access Code: 223322#

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Women's Task Force Events at the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The Women's Task Force


  announces its participation in the

57th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
March 4-6, 2013 

"Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women's equal rights across the world for centuries."
President Jimmy Carter 
Melbourne Parliament of the World's Religions, 2009

Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women
Monday - March 4, 2013
4:30 PM
Guild Hall
Armenian Convention Center 
630 2nd Avenue
New York

Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women will explore vital questions at the intersection of women's issues and religion, particularly as they relate to this year's UN-CSW focus on violence against women: What has been the use of religious doctrine to justify violence against women and does religion have the precepts, influence and power to change these age-old beliefs and practices? What are the current challenges and opportunities for women - of all faiths and in all countries? How do we create real change? And how can we support one another in making change? Presentations from diverse religious traditions will be followed by small group discussions.

Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune, Founder and Senior      Analyst, FaithTrust Institute
Salma Elkadi Abugideiri, LPC
Rabbi Diana S. Gerson, New York Board of Rabbis, Program Director
Phyllis Curott, Vice-Chair of the Council for Parliament of the World's Religions, Co-Chair - Women's Task Force
Kathe Schaaf, Trustee of the Council for Parliament of the World's Religions, Co-Chair - Women's Task Force 

The Women's Task Force is collaborating with other organizations to co-host several additional events: 


Women as Spiritual Leaders: Transforming Violence
Tuesday - March 5, 2013
8:30 - 10  AM
Grumman Room, 8th Floor
Church Center for the UN
777 United Nations Plaza
New York
Co-Hosted with Women of Spirit and Faith

Sacred Women's Circle
Wednesday - March 6, 2013
7-9 pm
Chapel -  Episcopal Church Center
815 Second Avenue
New York
Co-Hosted with Millionth Circle, Gather the Women, Women of Spirit and Faith, Circle Connections, International Public Policy Institute, We Are Enough, Anglican Women's Empowerment and others

All events are free and open to the public. Delegate credentials are NOT required.


Presented by the Women's Task Force of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions ~ Co-chairs Phyllis Curott, Anne Benvenuti, and Kathe Schaaf.