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St Asaph student represents the Church in Wales at UN summit on women

A student from St Asaph has returned from New York having been the Church in Wales’ representative at the recent United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women.

Laura Lloyd-Williams, 18, who is studying A-levels at Coleg Cambria in Deeside, was one of sixteen delegates sent by the worldwide Anglican Communion of Churches to discuss issues of gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

Laura, who reported on the trip to the Church in Wales’ Governing Body meeting in Llandudno this week (11/12 April) told delegates that more diversity should be encouraged to empower women in Wales.

Laura, who is a member of the Diocese of St Asaph’s Youth Forum, said: “I am so fortunate to be part of the Church in Wales which recognises and supports young people.  All the Anglican Provinces were asked to send young people, yet only Wales fulfilled this request.  I was the only delegate to this Commission at the UN who was under 24 years old.

“It was an amazingly busy two week.  I met so many fascinating people from all over the world and heard their stories.  I learnt so much and had some life changing experiences.

“I pledged to bring back to the Church in Wales all I learnt to help us to empower women across Wales.”

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW62) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018.

Laura, who wants to study medicine at Manchester University, told Governing Body in Llandudno’s Venue Cymru, that the key issues to come out of UNCSW62 were indigenous rights, access to healthcare and education, harmful practices, such as Female Genital Mutilation and early child forced marriage, LBTQI2+ rights and intersectionality and human trafficking and modern slavery.

She added: “I was really pleased to be in the UN’s negotiating room when the agreed conclusions were announced.   Every state represented agreed on the conclusions which I’m told is quite a rare occurrence.”

Following her address to Governing Body, Laura took questions from delegates on the loss of legal aid for women in the UK, the gender pay gap in church organisations, and how women in churches can be encouraged to bring their husbands and partners with them.

You can watch a short film of Laura speaking about her trip to the United Nations at:

Status of Women – UN Commission

Laura Lloyd-Williams describes her experience representing the Church in Wales at the recent United Nations Commission on Status of Women

Posted by The Church in Wales on Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Governing Body of the Church in Wales meets twice a year and is responsible for decisions that affect the Church’s faith, order and worship.  The Diocese of St Asaph is one of six dioceses within the Church in Wales covering the counties of Wrexham, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and parts of Gwynedd and Powys.

The Church in Wales is an independent Province within the worldwide Anglican Communion of Churches which is a global community of national and regional churches in more than 39 countries all of which are in a reciprocal relationship – with the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is the Communion’s spiritual head.

Notes for Editors:

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW62) was attended by representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attended the session.  For information visit: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw62-2018

The Anglican Communion is a global community of 39 autonomous national and regional Churches plus six Extra Provincial Churches and dioceses; all of which are in Communion – in a reciprocal relationship – with the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is the Communion’s spiritual head. For information visit http://www.anglicancommunion.org/