Loretto Takes Part in U.N.’s 62nd Conference on the Status of Women and Girls

One of the great joys of welcoming Loretto high school students to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women #CSW62) in NYC is the opportunity to reflect. Here is the group from Loretto Academy in El Paso, Texas, with Loretto at the UN staff Fr. Bob Dueweke OSA, and Jean Ponder Soto, an alum who helps represent the Augustinians at the United Nations. (Photo by Rosa Lizarde)

All of the 2017-18 Loretto Volunteers with Loretto at the UN staff outside the United Nations

One of the highlights of #CSW62 was the opportunity to help co-sponsor an intergenerational Women’s Leadership Luncheon. The event, hosted by the Working Group on Girls and the Mission of Jordan, connected 19 high school and college-aged girls from around the world with a dozen women ambassadors / dignitaries for an energizing conversation.

Another highlight of last week was the action to promote justice for farmworkers. The action was sponsored by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Many people fasted, demonstrated and held workshops to send the message to Wendy’s fast-food chain that it needs to source its food more responsibly and end sexual harassment in the workplace. (Photo by Beth Blissman)

Did you know that the Loretto at the UN staff also represent the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Dubuque, Iowa? Here is Sr. Roberta White, BVM, in blue, and a professor and a few students from Clark University in Dubuque. The BVMs sent 16 women/girls to CSW62 this year – they were part of our delegation of 67!

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