FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2015
DIVINE CONCEPT GROUP, INC.
ERICKA WARD, CEO
24 ST. JOHNS DRIVE
HAMPTON, VIRGINIA 23666
New York, New York, March 6, 2015 – Divine Concept Group, Inc. is honored to announce that CEO & Founder Evangelist Ericka Ward will be joining the United Nations Delegation for the Commission on the Status of Women – CSW59 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The CSW59 will convene March 9th – 20th. Archbishop Emmanuel St. Louis, who is based in Paris, France; selected Evangelist Ward to be a delegate of the Non-governmental organization (NGO): World Council Congress of Diplomatic Chaplains for Peace, Universal Human Rights and Legal. The connection to St. Louis was divinely orchestrated through his reading issues of Unveiled Purpose Magazine, Divine Concept Group Inc.’s official publication. The magazine is viewed online internationally, and includes international contributors – the purpose of the magazine is to provide a means by which others can share their gifts in print.
Ericka will be among many attendees from around the world who advocate for the equality of women worldwide. International gender equality is the driving force behind the meetings, “In her message for International Women’s Day 2015, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says gender parity must be reached before 2030, so that the sluggish trajectory of progress that condemns a child born today to wait 80 years before they see an equal world can be reversed.” The efforts of UN Women support initiatives that empower women across the globe. Ericka echos this sentiment and shares how Divine Concept Group, Inc. uplifts and unifies all persons in a community as part of the group’s mission, “Divine Concept Group, Inc. is a non-profit organization of women who are empowered to help others as they pursue their God given purpose, they are based in Hampton, Virginia their work includes outreach and partnerships in the US and Internationally.”
International Women’s Day 2015
Across the world there is still a chasm on what women’s equality represents, so the mission of the International Women’s Day 2015 is to raise awareness worldwide to promote gender equality. In the words of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (includes women) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Sadly in the 21st century women in the US and around the world do not have a level playing field with which to launch their dreams and aspirations. For many, both nationally and internationally; there is a glass ceiling. Many others are abused, oppressed and denied opportunities that their male counterparts are given without hesitation. UN Women strives to be the voice and the support arm by which all efforts for women’s equality are accomplished around the world. The goal is not to usurp their male counterparts but to truly be considered an equal counterpart in a world of expanding possibilities.
International Women’s Day is celebrated globally on 8 March. This year Evangelist Ward will participate shoulder to shoulder with women from around the world in a historical “peoples march” from Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza to NY Times Square. This march precedes the opening day of the CSW and is a major awareness effort for people everywhere to witness. The activities surrounding this celebration will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that set the agenda for realizing women’s rights. While there are many achievements since then, serious gaps still remain. This is the time to uphold women’s achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part. The Beijing Platform for Action focuses on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisions a world where each woman and girl worldwide can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.
International Women’s Day 2015: A Message by UN Women’s Executive Director
The 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will review progress and remaining challenges in implementing the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years on. This excerpt from the Beijing Declaration Mission Statement clarifies the purpose and goals of the CSW’s efforts worldwide: The Platform for Action is an agenda promoting women’s empowerment. It aims at accelerating the implementation of the Advancement of Women and at “removing all the obstacles to women’s active participation in all spheres of public and private life through a full and equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making. This means that the principle of shared power and responsibility should be established between women and men at home, in the workplace and in the wider national and international communities.” To learn more visit: http://www.unwomen.org/~/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/csw/pfa_e_final_web.pdf
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is the clarion call of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!”
Evangelist Ward is looking forward to the enriching experience that this unique opportunity promises to bring. She shares, “I trust that I will be more culturally enriched and empowered to do more to help others on a global scale through a greater exposure to the work of UN Women and the invaluable connections with others attending CSW who value culture and human rights for all people. I also look forward to sharing my first hand experience at CSW59 with our readers in the July 2015 issue of Unveiled Purpose Magazine”. Read past issues here: www.issuu.com/unveiledpurposemagazine.
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About Divine Concept Group, Inc.
CONTACT INFORMATION:DIVINE CONCEPT GROUP, INC.
ERICKA WARD, CEO
24 ST. JOHNS DRIVE
HAMPTON, VIRGINIA 23666
A group of women started this organization that formed into an official nonprofit in October 2008. From the very beginning, the group focused on providing activities, events, and resources to benefit women and the community from the Hampton Roads/Tidewater Virginia area. In July 2009 their signature annual event was birthed and called the, “Women of Greatness Conference.” Now this backbone event of the group has been renamed to encompass a broader and more diverse audience and is called, “Divine Concept Group Annual Retreat & Family Conference.’ The group provides its foundational core vision and purpose as follows:
“Our vision is to see every woman come into her Divine Purpose as a woman of influence, thereby changing the world through the love of Jesus Christ and building Gods Kingdom; one woman, one marriage, one family and one community at a time. We desire to help others form a personal and growing relationship with Christ, to reach out and touch those who may be lost and in need of God’s love, to inspire and assist others to stir up their gifts and abilities while discovering Gods Divine plan for their lives, and to bring souls closer to God through Jesus Christ, revealing what the world can be if they just believe and draw strength from what God has to offer them.”
“It is our purpose to sponsor Christ-centered programs and interactions which enhance personal development, provide resources, and connect women with the people & resources that can help them fulfill their God given purpose. Our services include but are not limited to conferences, seminars, events, scholarship funding and outreach programs, as well as support and funding assistance to other non-profit organizations with a similar mission. It is our goal to foster and encourage racial and denominational diversity, unity and fellowship within our programming, and to promote growth of women through service to other women, families, youth and the community.”
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