CSW 2014: Spiritual Empowerment

58th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Mon, Mar/10/2014, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Armenian Convention Center, Guild Hall (630 2nd Ave. at 35th St.)

Come join us to empower women & girls! Won Buddhism UN Office and four co-sponsoring organizations will host the panel discussion on Monday afternoon, March 10, 2014. A parallel event to the 58th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), this workshop will focus on 'Spiritual Empowerment for Women and Girls.'


Ven. Chung Ohun Lee, Ph.D., Won Buddhism International

Ven. Dr. Chung Ohun Lee. Ph.D. is the Supreme Council of Won Buddhism, spiritual teacher, visionary activist and international leader in the movement of interreligious dialogue and cooperation. As the Guiding Spiritual Teacher of Won Buddhism of Manhattan (WBM), Chung brings Won Buddhist spirituality to her Sangha (community) and international audiences. She teaches the Won Buddhist philosophy of spiritual stability and freedom from the mindless and unceasing pursuit of materialism. She established a thriving Buddhist temple in the middle of Manhattan through the embodiment of spiritual cultivation in the midst of our materialistic society, which is the hallmark of Won Buddhism.

Chung serves as the Co-President of Religions for Peace International, the largest international interfaith organization, a position she has held since 1999. Dr. Lee has represented Won Buddhism to the United Nations since 1992 and held many important UN Committees, working for peace and security, climate change, human right, universal ethics, gender equality and addressed ethical, moral and spiritual perspective on the work of the United Nations.

Ven. Lee is the author of Gender Equality, Women in Won Buddhism (2013), Living Dharma: A Guide to Daily Practice of Won Buddhism (2012), Vision for a New Civilization: Spiritual and Ethical Values in the New Millennium (2000) and Dharma Record: New Mind and New Body (1994). She holds a M.A. and a Ph.D. from New York University. Ven. Lee received full ordination in 1981 in Korea. 

H.H. Amma Sri Karunamayi, SMVA Trust

Sande Hart, URI North America, Compassion Games & The International Day of Peace (Sept. 21)

Sande Hart is the mother of 2 college students and lives in Southern California. She is the Chair of the UN NGO United Religions Initiative North America, Founder and President of SARAH (Spiritual And Religious Alliance for Hope), Vice Compassion Officer for The Compassion Games International and Chief Compassion Officer of California State of Compassion, Co-founder of I Am Jerusalem, Board member of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics, the Central OC Interfaith Council and on the Committee for a World Compassion Festival 2015. Sande is the recipient of the Orange County Human Relations Commissions Annual Community Leadership Award, U.S. Congressional Recognition, the BaHai Community's Model of Unity Award and the Newport/Mesa Interfaith Council Community Builder Award, The Southern California Committee for the Parliament of the World’s Religion’s Community Builder Award, Peace X Peace Women Power and Peace Award, and the Bowe’s Award (for SARAH). Sande is also the author of Make a Difference 101, Community Service; A Practical Step-by-Step Guide for Kids and speaks to youth of all ages about realizing their personal power and impact on their community. Sande is also a speaker, event programmer and workshop facilitator.

Consolee Nishimwe, Author, "Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivors Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope"

Consolee Nishimwe is a survivor of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda. Born in Western Province, she lived through the horrors of genocide at age 14. She was at her home in Rubengera, Kibuye with her parents and four siblings when the genocide started on April 6, forcing them to leave their home and go into hiding. Unfortunately, her father and three young brothers were murdered along with many other close relatives. Consolee suffered physical torture during her three months in hiding, and miraculously survived with her mother and younger sister.

In 2001 Consolee migrated to the United States where she has taken a progression of steps to overcome the multi-faceted traumatic events she suffered during the genocide and to chart a new course for her life.  

Consolee is the Author of TESTED TO THE LIMIT” A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain Resilience and Hope. She is a committed speaker on the genocide, an advocate for the survivors who suffered physical and emotional torture, and a defender of women's rights. In recognition of her courage and accomplishments, Consolee was awarded the 2013 ASALH Living Legacy Award, the NSANGA STEP UP Service Award, and was recently listed in the ISSUU magazine by the Together for Girls Organization as one of 50 Global Heroes who help stop sexual violence against children in the world.

Rev. Deborah Moldow, World Peace Prayer Society


International Federation of Women in Legal CareersTemple of Understanding | United Religions Initiative | World Peace Prayer Society


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