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Montage Initiative Day at the UN Trip                                         Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 64                             March 11, 2020

You are invited to participate in Montage Initiative’s Day at the United Nations program on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.  As a participant, you will join the Montage Initiative Delegation on a full day immersion experience at the UN headquarters in New York City during the annual Commission on the Status of Women Conference (CSW). At the 64th Session of this conference, heads of states, public sector, academicians, and nonprofit sector leaders will convene to support the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. 

The Montage Initiative Day at the UN program will provide access to the United Nations, official conference session, side events hosted by country governments, and parallel events hosted by non-profit organizations. The program will also feature a networking lunch and tour of the UN hosted by the Montage Initiative Delegation. 

To participate, members must submit a registration application and a tax-deductible participation fee of $50 to Montage Initiative. This participation fee is a donation to Montage Initiative and covers the costs of the full program itinerary, lunch, tour, and administrative costs of the program.

When: March 11, 2020 from 10:00am - 7:00pm 

Where: United Nations Headquarters in New York City 

Program Features:

As a participant of Montage Initiative’s Day at the UN Program, you will receive:

  • Access to the United Nations through a 10-day UN badge valid March 9 - March 20, 2020
  • Participation in 3 official sessions of the CSW 64, which include official conference sessions, side events, and/or parallel events 
  • Networking lunch and discussion with Montage Initiative Delegation in the UN
  • Tour of the UN headquarters by Montage Initiative 
  • Optional access to 50+ additional sessions of the CSW 64 in the UN throughout the duration of the Commission. 

*Please note, transportation to and from the United Nations is not included. Participants are responsible for arranging their own local, ground transportation to and from the United Nations. 

To Participate:

  •  Please submit your registration to Montage Initiative at AND
  • Please remit participation payment of $50 to Montage Initiative here. Your payment is a tax deductible donation. 

About Montage Initiative 

Montage Initiative is a non-profit organization located in Milford, Connecticut, and in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Montage Initiative’s projects support gender equality, women's empowerment, youth leadership, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Projects include immersion trips to India, presentations at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, local partnerships with universities, and more. Click here to learn more about Montage Initiative.

CSW 64 Theme Background

The United Nations (UN) 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2020. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are expected to attend the session. The themes for the CSW include: 

  • Theme: The 64th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women will review the progress and implementation of the  Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly, evaluating challenges and ways to expedite improvement for gender equality and women’s empowerment. 
  • These aims are in conjunction with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 5 on gender equality, in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 


Upcoming Parallel Event at the United Nations CSW61 on March 13, 2017



Chanting for Harmony

Montage Initiative, a non-profit organization in collaboration with Mumbai Times Indian Restaurant located in Westport, teams up with Fairfield University and Ayurvedic lifestyle and dietary consultant Louise Bobrow to hold a non-denominational prayer session and blessed vegetarian Indian meal on Saturday, December 7th from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business. There is no cost for the meal but donations are requested. Participants are asked to attend with an open heart. All proceeds will benefit the survivors and honor the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  


Donate now to support families devastated by Typhoon Haiyan


Hindu and Buddhist customs follow the belief that catastrophic natural events are the result of nature out of balance. Chanting in the Hindu tradition is intended to appease nature and return balance to the elements. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their homes and villages in the Philippines. Water and sanitation systems are broken or flooded, increasing the health risk for already vulnerable families. We need your help! Donate now (click on the Donate button, under comments put “Dec. Fundraiser”), you can mail a check to Montage or Mumbai Times, or you can donate at the door. Your gift will be directed exclusively to the relief efforts in the Philippines via the American Red Cross Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund.



Dolan School of Business~Fairfield University Campus

                                                                         1073 North Benson Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824                                                                           


December 7, 2013 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

11:00 AM Sacred Mantra Chanting

*Please bring a small pillow or mat for floor seating; chairs will be provided for those that need it 

12:00 PM Traditionally Served Vegetarian Meal

1:00 PM Closing Remarks ~ Close of Program


Requested Donation $25.00 


PLEASE RSVP!  Email or call 203.983.8873

Checks may be delivered to Mumbai Times at 616 Post Road East in Westport  



Montage Initiative Proudly Presents


Guiding Women to their Strength as Leaders ~ Leading Men to Strength Without Armor


Montage Initiative is proud to join the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, focusing on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. Join us as we explore the various roles of women throughout history while breaking ground for a new era!

Featuring Critically Acclaimed Author, Speaker & Actress Dale Allen! 

Dale Allen has been described as “a living Goddess, a bright light, a messenger, a teacher, a storyteller who was born to be listened to!”   She has brought her talents to scores of audiences - nationwide and from Kauai to Dubai, with her one-woman show, In Our Right Minds™, A Celebration of Women, the Sacred Feminine and the Right Brain. Join Dale Allen on an expedition deep into the foundations of our collective psyche and out to the edges of our paradigm.  Shake up old assumptions, discover the Goddess archetype and recognize how profoundly ancient wisdom can strengthen us as modern men and  women.

"Dale Allen, in her one-woman performance, is the first woman I have ever known who can define the essence of women in a thought provoking way that empowers women while embracing men. Her message and her beauty shine from within and from without." Arlene Scanlan, Broadway Producer, La Cage aux Folles, Blithe Spirit, Oleanna, On Golden Pond

Meet Our Panelists:

Ingrid Stellmacher, CEO & Founder, Le Menach Foundation & The Mary Initiative ~ "Women in Decision Making - Soft Power, Hard Power, Smart Power"   

Klevisa Kovaci & Sharon Pedrosa, Co-Founders of Montage Initiative’s Student Advisory Board ~ "Students United”                                                                         

Dr. V. Mohini Giri, CEO & Founder, Guild of Service ~ “A Voice for Women, Peace & Justice in India and South Asia”                                                                                                                                   

PLEASE RSVP as Space is Limited!  Email or call 203.983.8873 

 Wednesday, March 6, 2013 ~ 4:30 to 6:00 PM ~ 10th Floor

Church Center for the UN, 777 United Nations Plaza, NYC





Breakfast with Santa, Frosty & Rudolf!

Please join us for our third annual fundraiser! All proceeds to benefit Montage Initiative & the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign!

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012

Where: Hosted by 99 Restaurant at 411 Barnum Ave., Stratford 

Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 

$15 for Children Age 3-12 / $18 for Adults; $5 under 2 years

Enjoy breakfast, strolling characters, entertainment, visit with Santa, goodie bag, & raffle prizes! Reservations and payment required by December 11thPlease call the YMCA today to secure your reservation or make a donation at 203-445-9633 or visit us online at Space is limited, so don’t get closed out!

We would like to thank all of our donors and sponsors who so compassionately gave of their products and resources to benefit our Breakfast with Santa event!  Please visit these wonderful and giving businesses:

giant steps toys and baby

Giant Steps Toy Store, 226 Kings Highway East, Fairfield CT  203-873-0754

Reiki & Crystal Singing Bowl Sessions - Please call for an appointment! 

Holistic Creek 606 New Haven Avenue, Milford, CT  06460



History of Woman Exibit May 23 - June 23, 2012
Talks are underway between the Quick Center and Montage Initiative to host a “History of Woman” exhibit from May 23, 2012 to June 23, 2012.  Montage Initiative, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Bridgeport and London is dedicated to the development of women throughout the globe.  The Quick Center’s stewardship of this relationship with Montage Initiative, is an important, multi-faceted collaboration.  This exhibit can also be seen as one of the capstone events of the Quick Center’s involvement in the University’s Global Citizenship initiative.
Montage Initiative gives women around the world expanded opportunities to earn a sustainable living; contribute to their families and communities; and be part of a global network of positive change. The non-profit seeks to strengthen the connection between women’s economic empowerment and peace; creating a sustainable impact in eradicating extreme poverty; and making a lasting difference in the lives of women, their families, and communities around the world.
The art show, part of Montage’s “TAG”  – Travelling Art Gallery – will show “The History of Woman” in the Thomas J. Walsh art gallery from mid-May through mid-June. The goal of TAG is to help artists create, exhibit and sell  their work to gain a sustainable living and to raise funds, continuing  the cycle of "Building Peace, One Woman At A Time."   During this period, from June 11-15, 2012, Fairfield University is hosting the 3rd Biennial JUHAN (Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network) Student Leadership Conference: Global Perspectives on Humanitarian Action.  This will present a tremendous opportunity for the estimated 200 students, faculty and staff attending the conference from Jesuit Universities globally and nationally to visit the exhibit.  A public opening reception has been scheduled to coincide with the conference and participants will be invited to attend this opening.  A student poster show for the conference will also be on display at the Walsh Gallery during the History of Woman opening reception in June.  A call for artists was issued on January 9, 2012 which included a special outreach to students.  Students and faculty at Fairfield University will be encouraged to submit work to this important show.
The Quick Center’s collaboration with Montage Initiative builds on an already expanding relationship between Montage and the Fairfield University community.  During the spring semester, Montage Initiative will host students as part of Professor Poli's IL 150: International Operations of Non-Profits. This course is a JUHAN-designated course and has a service learning component.  Students from Professor Poli’s class will  work with Montage Initiative throughout the semester to apply their studies in an NGO setting. 
 The main dates for the History of Woman art show and it’s installation at the Thomas J. Walsh art gallery are as follows: 
o   Install Artwork:                            May 21 (Mon), 22 (Tues), 23 (Wed) 2012
o   Exhibition Dates:                          May 24 (Thurs) to June 23 (Sat) 2012
o   Pre-View Opening Reception:          May 24, 2012   (Thursday-by invitation only) 5 to 7 PM
o   Opening Reception:                       June 14, 2012   (Thursday-open to public) 5 to 9 PM





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