April 3, 2013 NEWSLETTER

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April 3, 2013

Significant victory at the UN for women!
Muslim Brotherhood condemns it!

Hello dear People,

A strong “Agreed Conclusions: The elimination and prevention of  all forms of violence  to end violence against women and girls” was passed by the 57th Commission of the Status of Women.(March 15, 2013) It was a significant victory for women that was condemned by the Muslim Brotherhood.  Last year the “unholy alliance” (the Vatican, Iran, Syria, Russia) lobbying against women’s equality succeeded, and for the first time in recent history (or ever?), no document resulted. This was a basis for opposing a 5th World Conference on Women (5WCW) by some who feared that the Beijing Platform for Action would be undone.

This particular CSW involved many more ambassadors than those from the 45 member-states on the CSW.    Ambassadors or Representatives from 131 other member states were in attendance, observing and lobbying and in the end the document passed by consensus on the last day.  This means that 176 of the 193 member states were present during the passage of a strong Agreed Conclusion, which also bodes well.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s statement: Click Here
CSW57 Agreed Conclusions: Click Here to open pdf in browser, right click and save as to download

Moving Toward the Millionth Circle and 5WCW at the UN

At the UN CSW this year, my energies as an author, activist, and speaker came together, with the book launch for Moving Toward the Millionth Circle: Energizing the Global Women’s Movement. The book launch was on Saturday March 2, the weekend before the Commission on the Status of Women had its two week run. During the first week, 1800 copies of MTMC were given away by more than forty delegates,  Trust in synchronicity makes me  think of this  book going out into the world like a message in a bottle: what shores/whose psyches will it touch?

The book launch was videotaped and edited into a ten-minute Youtube. It’s of me and Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury. Great shots of his holding the book as he speaks. Warms the cockles of an activist-author’s heart! click here  Such a privilege to be on stage with the former president of the Security Council who laid the groundwork for the passage of SC Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security, and in his many other roles had a major role in introducing the concept of a Culture of Peace at the UN. In a separate video, Chowdhury speaks about why we haven’t had 5WCW and what to do about it. click here 

Moving Toward the Millionth Circle: Energizing the Global Women’s Movement

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“In Jungian analyst and activist Jean Shinoda Bolen’s writing, symbol, archetype, soul work, and synchronicity come together with activism and the potential to change the world or save the planet when grassroots and enlightened leaders work together. In her latest book, Moving Toward the Millionth Circle, Dr. Bolen inspires and enlists women to be millionth circle, heart-centered activists in order to energize a 5th World Conference on Women in the 21st Century. The conference is not a goal in and of itself, but a means toward valuing women and the feminine to bring about a tipping point.”


Michelle Bachelet announced that CSW 57 was her last one as head of UN Women, that she would be going home to Chile. Since then, she has formally announced her candidacy to run for president of Chile.The elections are in November and she is favored to win. With this   likelihood, South America would have three women presidents (Brazil, Argentina, Chile) as well as Pope Francis from Argentina. The four previous UN World Conferences on Women have been held in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.  5WCW in South America?


Need is to now get members of the General Assembly
To support the Secretary General’s call for a global women’s conference.
The belief that there will be one is growing into an assumption. Proposed regional meetings will help the idea to spread <http://www.5wcw.org>


Last year, the Secretary-General asked for a resolution from the General Assembly to convene a global women’s conference in 2015. Efforts were unsuccessful—the US and the EU lobbied against it. This was months before the US elections, after CSW56. Now that President Obama is in his second term, it is time to seek his support, as well as Michelle’s and their two daughters. Anyone reading this from another country, do the equivalent—get your country’s support.


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Santa Barbara, CA Pacifica Graduate School “The Writer’s Journey: Outside In and Back Again” (April 26-28)
“Giving Birth, Finding Form” (lecture, April 28)

Helena, MT Feathered Pipe Ranch Women’s Retreat (June 22-29)

“Times of Change and Creativity: at the Crossroad with Hecate” (June 22-29)

San Francisco, CA California Institute of Integral Studies

“Writing and the Inner Life Symposium’ (lecture, June 7)

Copenhagen, Denmark, International Association of Analytical Psychology
(August 18 –23)

St. Louis, MO Third Jung in the Heartland Conference (September 5 - 8)
“The Meaning We Make of the Numinous” (lecture, September 6)
“Path with Soul, Path with Heart: the Inner Compass (workshop, September 7)

Vancouver island, BC,Canada International Labyrinth Society Annual Meeting
(keynote September 20, workshop September 21)

Colorado Springs, CO. CG Jung Society of Colorado Springs
(lecture October 4, workshop, October 5)

About Circles

For resources about circles and information about the Millionth Circle Initiative 

See links below for guidelines and principles which can be downloaded and printed. 


Circle Guidelines:
Download from website

Circle Principles:
Download from website http://www.millionthcircle.org/Resources/principles.html
Circle Difficulties: The Millionth Circle. pp. 55-67.


              For more information about books: Click Here         
      (all available on Amazon.com)

All are published in Spanish and many other languages: Click here for more information 

With love, hope, perseverance and optimism,

Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD

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