ISKCON at the UN and the ISKCON Vaishnavi Ministry have organized an interfaith panel discussion entitled “Shared Stories: Culture, Religion & Women’s Empowerment” which will take place virtually on March 21st as part of the NGO Commission on the Status of Women Forum. The panel, which will take place from 12:30pm to 2:00pm EDT, is co-sponsored by Muslims for Progressive Values and ACT Alliance, a coalition of Protestant and Orthodox churches and church-related organizations engaged in humanitarian, development and advocacy work.

Every March the UN hosts the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a two-week conference with hundreds of events discussing gender equality, the empowerment of women, and the issues facing women globally. While the CSW usually takes place in person in New York City, this year’s will be held virtually due to COVID-19, from March 15th to 26th. Representatives of Member States, UN entities and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will sponsor the events. The interfaith panel is open to all who register for free, and ISKCON members are encouraged to attend. 

So how did ISKCON become involved with the UN? Back in 2016, ISKCON Communications received ECOSOC accreditation, the highest level at which an NGO can be associated with the UN, and Anuttama Das was formally designated as a representative to the UN. To support and assist this effort, Gopal Lila Das, who has been working with the UN since 2015 in various capacities, was asked to oversee the “ISKCON at the UN” project by ISKCON Communications.

Read more: https://iskconnews.org/iskcon-at-the-un-organizes-interfaith-panel-on-womens-empowerment,7725/

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