Rural Development Leadership Network

Rural Women at the UN

Rural Women at the United Nations: February 28th - March 2nd
Feb 28th Discussion Mar 1st: Performance Mar 2nd: Market

 Panel and discussion

Toward a Platform for Action for Rural Women
Emphasis on Health, Education and Work

Continuing the work begun at CSW 2005 Session

RDLN speakers: Cynthia Ellis, Western New York Peace Center; Emma Dixon, Creation of Wealth (LA); Nancy Warneke Gaynor, K-M Ranch (MT); Dr. Wilhelmina Perry, homeless youth program, formerly Procucîr (Puerto Rico); Mily Treviño-Sauceda, Org. en California de Lideres Campesinas; Shirley Sherrod, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund and Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative (GA), Moderator

A forum for all rural women

February 28, 2006 3:00-5:00 p.m., UN Church Center (12th Floor), 777 UN Plaza (44th St. and 1st Avenue), NYC

RDLN held a panel and discussion on February 28 at the Commission on the Status of Women toward articulating a "Platform for Action for Rural Women," to complement the general platform that was developed at the NGO Forum for Women in Beijing in 1995. Women from other countries were invited to highlight their concerns.

Mily Treviño-Sauceda shares farmworker concerns Nancy Warneke Gaynor at far end.

Dr. Wilhelmina Perry outlines rural women's situation

from Nigeria

Speaker from Chile (and translator) standing.
Luvenia Reese from South Georgia in foreground

from Australia

from Soweta, South Africa

Speaker from Chile (foreground) and translator, standing. RDLN representative Joan Lucas Lopez from New York and Belize, seated

The 2nd Annual Women and the Arts Festival at the Commission on the Status of Women 

Rural Development Leadership Network
in association with

NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY

Drama and Dialogue
American Rural Women - Celebrating Our Lives

The Program:

Faith Song - conveying the spirit of native women
Monica Caye, Kootenai, Flathead Reservation, Montana

"The Bottom" - A play composed of stories told by people in the farming town of Blakely in Early County, Georgia. The characters perform their own stories. Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative (SRBWI)

California Farmworker Women perform a skit about the daily challenges they face in the fields and at home - Lideres Campesinas (CA) Mountain Women Rising - Appalachian Women's Alliance (VA) creates a tapestry of Appalachian women's lives through poetry, prose, story & song

Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light -
Excerpt from a one-woman show created and performed by Billie Jean Young, renowned MacArthur Fellow, actor, activist, poet, and founding Chairwoman of RDLN- Southwest Alabama Association of Rural and Minority Women

"Mother the Great Stone" - An immigrant voice
Joan (Roches) Lucas Lopez from Belize. Formerly Belize Rural Women's Association

The struggles and triumphs of rural women's lives are related through drama, music, poetry and storytelling.
The groups use artistic expression to organize women and explore and communicate their concerns.
Interactive dialogue on this technique will follow the presentation.

March 1, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tillman Chapel, UN Church Center
777 UN Plaza (44th St. and 1st Ave.), ground floor

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Artisan's Market - Products by Rural Women

These items were displayed by RDLN at the CSW meeting.

Houma Baskets by Miss Marie Dean

March 2nd
UN Church Center, 2nd Floor
777 UN Plaza (44th Street and 1st Avenue)

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