Anglicans encouraged to work for women's equality

It's not enough to end violence against women, efforts also need to be made to ensure equality for women.

That's the message Anglican women from around the world hear at an event to coincide with the 57th meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York next month.

The UN gathering takes place at its headquarters in New York from 1 to 15 March.

Mr Chowdhury will deliver a speech on violence against women and gender equality during a side event at the Episcopal Church Center on 5 March.

Organisers, the Anglican Communion Office at the UN, have put together a programme of events to explore the issues during the meeting of the UN Commission.

Women at the Anglican meeting will spend time discussing the challenges and progress being made in their respective regions, including among them England and Scotland.

They will also receive training in advocacy to support them when they return to their home countries and speak up for gender equality.

Mr Chowdhury will share his thoughts on why ending violence against women is just one part of the wider struggle to bring about full gender equality.

Rachel Chardon of the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations in New York said, "Ambassador Chowdhury has been a tireless spokesperson for peace, women, children, and the poorest segment of humanity - and we look forward to hearing his insights."

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