Endeavour Forum Inc. at the United Nations
by Babette Francis
At the 59th Session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held in New York in March, Endeavour Forum Inc. was involved in three events. The first on March 19 was a "Side Event" sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the UN. A "Side Event" has to be sponsored by a Member Nation and ours was a panel discussion titled: "Beijing +20 Sexual Health, Research and the Empowerment of Women and Girls." It was held in the Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium at UN headquarters - below a view of the audience.
The panelists were: the Hon. Alhaji Moijue Kaikai, Minister of Social Welfare, Gender & Children's Affairs of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Millie Lace, MSE, LPC, Founder/Director Concepts of Truth International, Reggie Littlejohn, President, Women's Rights Without Frontiers, Sharon Ngai, Founder, Justice Speaks, Dr. Joel Brind, Ph.D., Professor of Biology & Endocrinology, Baruch College, CUNY, Denise Mountenay, Founder/President of Canada Silent No More, Angela LanFranchi, M.D., FACS, President, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute. and Dr. Sarian Kamara, M.D.,Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the Republic of Sierra Leone. The Side Event was chaired by Sherry Neuenschwander, Concepts of Truth International. I thanked the Government of Sierra Leone and welcomed the panelists and audience. An introductory statement was made by Dr. Ebun Strassr-King, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Republic of Sierra Leone.
Endeavour Forum Inc. also held a NGO "Parallel Event" on "Asian Women's Sexual Health". This Event was cosponsored by the Catholic Women's League of Australia, JMJ Children's Fund (Canada), Eagle Forum USA, and the Howard Centre for Family Religion and Society, Rockford, Illinois, and dealt with damage done to the health of women in Asia because of the promotion of abortion and population control policies. Speakers were Dr. Angela Lanfranchi and Professor Joel Brind from the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, USA, and Denise Mountenay of Canada Silent No More. This Event was chaired by Wendy Wright of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute. Eagle Forum, USA, held a "Parallel Event" on "Discrimination Against Women and Girls", and Endeavour Forum Inc. was a co-sponsor. Speakers were Reggie Littlejohn of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, Sharon Ngai of Justice Speaks, and Millie Lace of Concepts of Truth International. This NGO Event was chaired by attorney Andy Schlafly, Phyllis Schlafly's son.
The main document of CSW 59, a political declaration on the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, was fairly satisfactory. At one stage it had pro-abortion and pro-LGBT language and special access for radical groups to CSW, but these were all deleted at the insistence of family-friendly nations. Naturally the feminists are buzzing around like angry bees and have written a letter of complaint to the UN.