Religious Organizations Spotlighted in Addressing Poverty with Gender Perspective


New York – On March 13, 2024, at the sidelines of the sixty-eighth United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the World Evangelical Alliance office to the United Nations in New York facilitated a webinar that delved into the pivotal role of religious and faith-based organizations in tackling poverty through a gender lens, under the theme “The Role of Religious and Faith-Based Organizations in Addressing Poverty with a Gender Perspective.”

The webinar, moderated by Commissioner Christine MacMillan, Senior Advisor at the UN WEA Office, featured a distinguished panel of speakers. John Girgis, Permanent Representative of the WEA to the UN, opened the meeting by providing insights into the responsibilities of the New York office in relation to the United Nations. The webinar panelists included Dr. Seble Daniel, Executive Director of the WEA Women’s Commission, Dr. Jason Pope, WEA UN Advocate for Combating Human Trafficking, and Ms. Dange Barziring, a Girls Brigade Member from Papua New Guinea. Additionally, the event featured a compelling video message from Ms. Ibinibo Patrick, a Girl Child Advocate and Member of the Girls Brigade from Nigeria.

The dialogue at the side-event emphasized the instrumental role of religious organizations in empowering women and alleviating poverty through faith-based initiatives. It shed light on innovative approaches and collaborative efforts aimed at advancing gender equality and socio-economic empowerment.

The webinar’s discussions resonated with the overarching theme of empowering women and girls, showcasing tangible examples of Faith-in-Action. [Include the link to the webinar recording here]

This event serves as a testament to the invaluable contributions of religious and faith-based organizations in championing gender equality and fostering inclusive development initiatives worldwide.

According to UN Women, the two-week session is the largest UN gathering on gender equality. CSW68 brought together world leaders including two Heads of State, three vice-presidents and over 100 Ministers and 4,800 representatives of civil-society organizations, marking the second-highest attendance in CSW records.