Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations (ACOUN) - Women's Rights and Empowerment


The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is one of the events and mobilizing points for Anglican women. There have been vital additions such as training in economic literacy and advocacy, and gender budgeting analysis of Aid Effectiveness. Women have had direct engagement with UN Missions and this has deepened the women’s skills and delivery capacity. The women are equipped to:

  • Start advocacy at country level, and to participate annually in CSW.
  • Return to their provinces with a commitment and plan for implementation of
    1. the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
    2. the MDGs
    3. SecurityCouncil Resolution 1325 on women in conflict &violent situations
    4. CEDAW and the agreed conclusions of the CSW.
  • Deepen other women’s advocacy and economic literacy skills.
  • Benchmark and measure impact of gender programs.

Each year over 100 Anglican women attend the CSW. We have strong Anglican networks of women working around UNCSW issues; a website, blog and a tool kit for gender budgeting. We advocate and support women’s ability to access funding for cottage industries and personal empowerment.

Our View on Women's Rights

The empowerment of women is a critical issue facing the world in the 21st century. Since the 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing, this has been a focal point for the ministry of the Anglican Observer. In March of 2004, the Anglican Communion, working through the Office of the Anglican Observer, fielded a delegation of 55 Anglican women to the 48th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Apart from their interventions during the meetings, Anglican women have returned to their parishes committed to the implementation of (a) the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; and, (b) the Millennium Development goals

The 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

The 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Priority theme, "The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development, and current challenges."


The 55th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women


The 54th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

From March 1-12 2010, 93 Anglican Women delegates from 23 Provinces of the Anglican Communion are converging at the United Nations as a united voice first and foremost to declare that gender is relational, that is why God made us male and female. Therefore, women's well-being often cannot be fully achieved without including men The women come as a grass roots voice of a Communion that has taken care of women's health and sheltered many during times of conflict. These women wish to work in partnership with governments and other agencies to achieve the Beijing targets. UNFPA recognizes that partnership with the church dates back 30 years. The partnership has been around population issues; reproductive health, gender and human rights issues that have been enriched by the church's role in advocating for dignity of people and raising cultural matters.

The delegates hope to get governments to recommit, renew and intensify resource mobilization efforts that will improve national strategies and enhance institutional, financial and human resources in order to accelerate the achievement of the Beijing Platforms for Action and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

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