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Violence Against Women: A Seminar for Young Women

February 18-25, 2012 - New York City


This seminar will bring Christian young women ages 18-35 from Japan, Korea and the United States together to focus on violence against women. We will explore gender-based violence and discrimination and the environment that fosters violence, and we will discuss the international conventions and resolutions established to end such violence. We will also consider how our faith calls us to respond. The seminar will be held at the Church Center for the United Nations, across the street from the United Nations. Eight participants from the United States will be selected.

Participants will:

  • Engage in biblical reflection.
  • Explore opportunities for working in areas of social and economic justice—bridging church, community and personal life.
  • Meet with international nongovernmental organizations, grass-roots organizers and experts.
  • Tour the United Nations.
  • Develop relationships with peers from other countries.
  • Expand leadership skills.

Participants are expected to raise $300.00 per person for this event. This will help cover travel and housing costs. This money can be raised through each participant’s community of support, including church, friends, relatives and organizations in which the participant is involved. Additional expenses beyond the $300.00 are graciously underwritten by the Wesley Center, Scranton Center for Women’s Leadership and Women’s Division.

Participants will stay at the Women’s Division related guesthouse in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The guesthouse has comfortable double occupancy rooms and shared baths.

Things to Consider
The event will begin Saturday February 18 in the evening and conclude on Friday February 24. We ask that participants be present and available for the entirety of the event as sessions will build on one another.

Each person comes with her own distinct experiences, expectations and understandings of who God is in her life. We hope that all participants will come with an open mind, open heart and an open door to the experiences of our guest presenters and peers. A commitment to learning and listening is essential.

Seminar Program
The young women’s seminar will be facilitated by the United Methodist Seminar Program. The Seminar Program provides custom designed educational seminars on social justice topics from a perspective of faith. The Seminar Program is sponsored and funded by United Methodist Women.

About the Sponsoring Organizations

United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women is an organization of approximately 800,000 members whose purpose is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders and advocate for justice. Members raise nearly $20 million each year for programs and projects serving women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.

Scranton Center for Women’s Leadership
In 1885, The Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States sent Mrs. Mary F. Scranton as the first female missionary to Korea and started Ewha Hakdang, the first school for girls in Korea. Education not only changed the lives of Korean women, but it also transformed the entire nation. Continuing Ms. Scranton’s legacy, the Scranton Center plants seeds of hope and love in the lives of women around the world. Together, we can create a world where all can experience power and freedom in the love God.

Wesley Center
The threefold purpose of the Wesley Center is stated in its cornerstone: “Faith, Hope and Love in Action,” which was laid on April 22, 2010. The vision is ecumenical and connectional in its scope, working with partners in Japan, Asia and North America. The focus is to build awareness and provide leadership development in a community setting in central Tokyo by working with (1) women’s concern’s for gender equality in society; (2) youth concerns and networking within Japan, Asia and overseas; and (3) migrant and refugee concerns.

Space is limited, and the application deadline is November 15, 2011. Apply online or download an application. For more information please contact Jennifer McCallum at 212-682-3633 ext. 3119 jmccallum@unitedmethodistwomen.org

Last Updated: 10/11/2013

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