Temple of Understanding Events at CSW61
Please join us in NYC for the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women! The Temple of  Understanding is leading three sessions featuring our film 
Roots of Change: Food Sovereignty, Women and Eco-Justice and collaborating on an interfaith service.

Roots of Change: Reclaiming Economics for Women and Community 

Thurs. 3/16/17 @ 10:30am, Salvation Army, 
221 E 52nd Street, Downstairs

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.  Speakers will address concerns such as loss of local knowledge, community based solutions, innovative practices, and the impacts of international trade. [More]

This event is open to the general public.

Annual Interfaith Service of Gratitude and Remembrance

Thurs. 3/16/17 @ 4:45pm, Church Center for the United Nations, Chapel

Join us in prayerful remembrance of those who have gone before us and who continue to inspire our lives. We carry their courage and commitment forward.  Special music will be provided by The Performance & Peace Initiative with Brandon Perdomo on flute and Caitlin Cawley on Percussion.  [More]

On a Gender-Just and Sustainable Trade Agenda

Mon. 3/20/17 @ 1:15pm, Ex-Press Bar, 
Third Floor, United Nations HQ

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. UNCTAD's research, mandate, potential and challenges will be presented.  We will also 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. Finally, we will address women's ownership of land and/or resources and women's unpaid labor. [More]

To attend this event, please please email groveharris@gmail.com by Wednesday March 15 if you do not already have a pass to the UN.

Women as Roots of Change: Sustainable Food Production and Sovereignty

Thurs. 3/23/17 @ 11:00am, Conference Room 2, United Nations Headquarters

Presented in partnership with UN Department of Public Information (DPI), this session will build on the intersections between Sustainable Development Goals 2, 5, and 6 (Zero Hunger, Gender Equality, and Clean Water and Sanitation). We will feature the voices of Indigenous people and highlight women's leadership role in sustainable food production and sovereignty. [More]

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The Temple of Understanding is grateful to all our colleagues for collaboration in our work at the United Nations, in particular the Women's Major Group, the Mining Working Group, Tribal Link, Medical Mission Sisters, and the interfaith and faith-based organizations working for food, water, health, and gender justice. 

Resources from Interfaith Harmony Week
Parliament of the World's Religions Observes 2017 UN World Interfaith Harmony Week With Series of Global Video Calls

This February, the Parliament offered  a series of live-video webinars in celebration of the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week. Topics included the Parliament's work at Standing Rock, the efforts of the revitalized Climate Action Task Force, and women's leadership in the global interfaith movement.


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