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A Tele-Circle Sharing Stories from the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Along with several Gather the Women Regional Coordinators, I recently participated in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York, which focused this year on eliminating and preventing all forms of violence against women and girls. This was a profound experience for us and we’d like to talk with you about it.

You are invited to join Suzan Nolan, Rowdy Brewick (both of South Dakota), Barbara Thorngren (New Hampshire) and Kathe (California) as we share stories and reflections on our experiences at the U.N.  And we want  to hear your wisdom as we deepen this exploration.

The call will be:

Monday, Mar. 18


Call in number is 712-432-1500

Access code 653823#.

Please join us for this lively and informative conversation.

Women’s Task Force at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

As one of the founders and co-chairs of the Women’s Task Force at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, I have been involved in planning our participation in the upcoming UN – Commission on the Status of Women in NYC in early March. We will convene several parallel events on this year’s theme: eliminating violence against women.

We are also hosting a teleconference dialogue, open to the public, on this topic on the afternoon of February 10.

For details about how to join that call, visit the new blog of the Women’s Task Force:


Events at UN Commission on the Status of Women

I will once again be participating in the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March. The theme of CSW this year is eliminating violence against women — an complex and important issue. In conjunction with Women of Spirit and Faith and the Women’s Task Force at the Parliament, I will be involved in several events:


Religion, Culture and Violence Against Women

(co-convened with Women’s Task Force at the Parliament of the World’s Religions)

Monday,  March 4, 2013

4:30 PM

Guild Hall

Armenian Convention Center,

630 2nd Avenue

New York, NY 10016


Women as Spiritual Leaders: Transforming Violence

Tuesday – March 5, 2013

8:30 – 10  AM

Grumman Room, 8th Floor

Church Center for the UN

777 United Nations Plaza

New York, NY 10017


Sacred Women’s Circle

Wednesday – March 6, 2013

7-9 pm

Co-Hosted with Millionth Circle, Circle Connections, International Public Policy Institute, 5WCW and others

Chapel/ 1st floor –  Episcopal Church Center

815 Second Avenue

New York, NY


"Kathe Schaaf is a gift for all of us looking for new authentic leadership models in these times of global change and challenge! Her honesty, energy and willingness to be vulnerable inspire deep commitment to making a better world. She has a wonderful way of igniting people to do the work they have come here to do and I personally have been kindled by her kindness, courage and visionary ways." — Clare Peterson, Gather the Women Canada
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