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Beth, a Loretto Co-member, is the Community’s UN NGO representative.
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Loretto at the UN welcomes students

By Beth Blissman CoL / November 5, 2019 / 0 Comments

“I firmly believe the work we do at the United Nations is a clear expression of Loretto’s impact in the world …” Kathy Baldwin-Heitman CoL March 2019 marked the 11th year that the Loretto Community has welcomed a delegation of high school students to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in…

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The United Nations Works for Girls’ Rights

By Beth Blissman CoL / September 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

The United Nations works through commissions, members of countries’ delegations, that join together on specific issues. For example, the Loretto Community is concerned with girls’ rights and women’s liberation, so we host a delegation each year to the annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held in March. This particular commission…

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Hope for the future: Loretto Volunteers at the UN

By Beth Blissman CoL / August 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

Since being invited to represent the Loretto Community at the United Nations 2 1/2 years ago, I have had the chance to work with numerous young people and my hope for the future lies with them… For example, our 2019 summer interns Anna and Gracie have both put their heart and soul into representing Loretto…

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Exploring Gender Justice: From #MeToo to #WeToo

By Beth Blissman CoL / June 10, 2019 / 0 Comments

At the recent U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (March 2019), Loretto at the UN co-sponsored a parallel event entitled “Breakthrough in Transforming Patriarchy: The Promise of Gender Equity and Reconciliation.” We co-sponsored this event with an organization that I had encountered at the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto called Gender…

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Loretto Active at #CSW63

By Beth Blissman CoL / May 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

Loretto at the UN was so grateful to be able to host more than 30 Loretto/BVM students, teachers, volunteers and guests for the UN’s 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2019. As a functional commission of the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), CSW was established by council resolution 11(II)…

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From Loretto at UN: International Women’s Day 2019

By Beth Blissman CoL / April 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

In March as we celebrated Women’s Month, the United Nations recognized International Women’s Day on March 8, with the theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.” This theme was chosen to echo the primary focus of the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) taking place March 11-22. The day’s celebrations centered…

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Spirituality of Sustainability

By Beth Blissman CoL / October 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

During long summer days when plentiful sunshine, fresh tomatoes and ripe peaches are easy to come by it’s not a difficult task to talk about God’s presence in nature. As the days shorten and the harvest is collected, it is still easy to connect the abundance offered from Earth with the Divine. But what does…

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UN NGO Chronicles Highlights of 2018 Commission on the Status of Women

By Beth Blissman CoL / June 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

“Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls” was the priority theme of this year’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62). The review theme was “Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an…

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Loretto at the UN: Supporting Girls and Women

By Beth Blissman CoL / December 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

When I arrived at the United Nations office a year ago, the first meeting Sally Dunne took me to was the Working Group on Girls (WGG). I joined WGG’s Mission Advocacy Committee and began to visit the offices where diplomats work. These are called missions, oddly enough. We would share our priorities from WGG and…

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