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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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Extra! Extra! Loretto Newsletters Available!

By Libby Comeaux CoL / April 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

It may surprise you to know of the many newsletters that have sprung up from various working groups within the Loretto Community. Below is a list for your information. If you are not already receiving a newsletter on a topic you would like to follow, we encourage you to use the email addresses listed to…

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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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Loretto at the UN to Launch New Curriculum

By Loretto Community / January 25, 2019 / 0 Comments

Click here to read about Loretto at the UN’s launching of a new curriculum.

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St. Louis Climate Summit Summary

By Loretto Community / June 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

Beth Blissman attended one day of the three-day St. Louis Climate Summit with Roberta Hudlow. It was an enriching experience filled with academic analysis and fresh, local food. The highlight for Beth was meeting U.N. Human Rights champion 17-year-old Kehkashan Basu, founder of the Green Hope Foundation. She energized the crowd, reminding all that “in…

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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 Connects with Cities for CEDAW

By Alice Kitchen / May 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

This past March Beth Blissman and I attended the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women gathering in New York. While Beth oversaw 67 Loretto students from some six U.S. locations to expose them to women worldwide, I met with the Cities for CEDAW (Commission on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) leaders. We met…

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Reflections from U.N.: Building Educational Infrastructure for the Commission on the Status of Women

By Loretto Community / May 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Kathy Baldwin-Heitman You’re 17. It is your first time in New York City. You have a BIG job to do. Are you prepared? Imagine yourself a junior or senior in high school. You have been accepted to serve as a delegate to the United Nations by the Loretto Community to the upcoming Commission on…

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Negotiation of Compacts This Year at United Nations

By Loretto Community / April 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Mary Louise Pabello Editor’s Note: Mary Louise is a returning Loretto Volunteer now working as NGO U.N. Intern/Loretto Community. The Loretto Community has long supported migrants and refugees in our midst. Here is an update on what has been happening on a global level at the United Nations. In September 2016, the U.N. General…

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