[Episcopal News Service, by Lynette Wilson] “The key to eradicating most poverty on the planet, aside from programs that help, aside from economic development, which is all obvious, the key is to be found in women,” [Episcopal Church] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said in a sermon this week preached in honour of the Episcopal and Anglican women gathered in New York City for the 60th annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
“If you increase the equality of women on the planet, if you empower women, economically, politically . . . in reality, they will lift up themselves, their children and their families, and that in turn will lift up cultures and societies,” Curry said. “Women, the economists tell us, are the key to making poverty history.”
Curry preached and the Most Revd Josiah Atkins Idowu-Fearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, presided at the service in the Episcopal Church Centre’s Chapel of Christ the Lord.
The UNCSW serves to promote women’s rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields, and to make recommendations on urgent problems regarding women’s rights. The theme for the 60th annual UNCSW is “Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.”
Women from across the Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion representing more than 20 countries are gathered in New York for the 60th session of the UNCSW from 14 to 24 March.
- Click here to watch a video of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon.