61st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women: Pushback Year

by Lucina Kathmann

United Nations, New York City, March 17, 2017

Pushback is a word I barely knew till this year. Here at the United Nations in New York attending the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, someone reports receiving reactionary pushback against the pro.woman agenda every 15 minutes: pushback about reproductive rights, pushback about home care, pushback about equal pay, pushback about just about everything. The delegates sent by conservative governments evidently have been instructed to object to everything.

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CHICAGO CITY OF REFUGE

CHICAGO CITY OF REFUGE

CHICAGO -- In collaboration with International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) and PEN International, the Chicago Network for Justice and Peace and the Guild Literary Complex announce the launch of the CHICAGO CITY OF REFUGE project for exiled writers.

The launch will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Sunday 19 February 2017, at a special event at Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus, in Piper Hall, under the sponsorship of the Ann Ida Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, 970 W. Sheridan Rd, East Rogers Park, Chicago, IL 60660.

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Report on the First Day of the Sessions of the UN Commission on the Status of women (CSW 60)

by Elizabeth Starcevic, past president, San Miguel PEN

I was fortunate to have registered on Friday, March 11, 2016. Today, in the rain and cold, there was a long line to register.

I got a ticket to go to the General Assembly meeting in the AM. It is a beautiful room, filled mostly with beautiful women from so many places. I chose that meeting to get a sense of the “official” line from the UN.

This is an overview of what I heard:

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Francis on the Borders

by Nick Patricca

[Originally published in WINDY CITY TIMES: Open to Thinking, Wednesday 02 March 2016]

By design, the itinerary of Francis in his first official visit to Mexico took him to its southern border with Guatemala in the state of Chiapas and to its northern border with the USA in the state of Chihuahua.

This border-framing of the visit to Mexico of El Papa Francisco --- the first Latin American pope, the first Jesuit pope, the first pope to take the name of Francis, and the first non-European pope since the Syrian Gregory III in 741 of our common era --- placed an intense spotlight on an essential theme in his apostolate: concern for individuals and peoples who are forced to live their lives on the margins of their societies.

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Report from Ciudad Juárez by Lucina Kathmann

Tabor House, February 25, 2016

[Tabor House is the home of Sr Betty and Fr Peter who live and work with the people of Ciudad Juárez on the Texas/Mexican border.]

I am in Ciudad Juárez, a large city still completely in the throes of Pope Fever. Every person,
publication, billboard, front door....every everything has its own take on the matter.

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PEGGY ROACH: ONE WOMAN'S JOURNEY/ A NATION'S PROGRESS (December 2015)

Friends of Chicago Network, I am honored to present to you -- courtesy of the Ann Ida Gannon Center for Women and Leadership at Loyola University Chicago -- a free etext copy of my booklet on PEGGY ROACH: ONE WOMAN'S JOURNEY/ A NATION'S PROGRESS. Here is the link

http://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/gannon/pdfs/PeggyRoach.pdf

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PEN WORLD CONGRESS PROTESTS THE RISE OF ANTI-LGBTQI LEGISLATION (OCTOBER 2015)

Nick Patricca

At the 81st PEN World Congress this October in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, the delegates of the General Assembly of PEN International, the largest world-wide organization of professional writers, passed Resolution #20 protesting the anti-LGBTQI legislation enacted recently in 75 nation-states. 250 delegates from 80 PEN Centers from 70 countries and regions of the world participated in this Congress. Resolution # 20 received the support of all voting Centers. There were only three abstentions.

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STATEMENT TO THE UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN 17 MARCH 2015

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CHICAGO NETWORK BOARD MEMBER LUCINA KATHMANN PRESENTED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT TO THE UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN 17 MARCH 2015 NEW YORK CITY

PEN International Statement to the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

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10 March – 21 March 2014: 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) a Report

Tsung Su

The 58th Session of the CSW convened in New York City from March 10th to the 21st , focusing on the priority theme of “ Challenges and developments in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls”. MDGs, with an 8-point programme , was initiated by the UN in 2000 as a direct outgrowth of the Millennium Declaration.

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