Commission on the Status of Women – CSW 56

The Commission for the Status of Women (CSW) opened this morning in New York. Visit the UN webcast where you you can follow the proceeding You can read the various statements made from this website  “The Empowerment of Rural Women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges” is the priority theme of the Commission.   The Chair of CSW this year is Her Excellency Ms. Marjon Kamara, from Liberia.  Ms. Michelle Bachelet – Executive Director of UN Women addressed the Commission and has mentioned the Social Protection Floor Initiative. Remember we Good Shepherd have been involved in supporting the campaign and adding our signatures of support.  We need 1 million Signatures by June 2012.
Ms Silvia Pimentel – Chairperson of the CEDAW Committee also addressed the Commission.

Lent Program – 40 days with the least

Here is a very creative, well research and informative way of connecting our Lent prayer with global issues. It offers a way and a time of revivifying our sensitivity to the pain of human beings. English    French     Spanish  Portuguese

February GSANZ E News

February GSANZ E News link   1feb-enews[1]   Thanks Michaela for sharing!   This edition includes the following stories:      

1. The new Provincial Leadership Team.                                                                                                               2. Who was Henry Cotter?
3. Good Shepherd Woman of beauty dies.
4. News Flash from GS in Syria.
5. Indigenous activist talks leadership.
6. Volunteer News.
6. GS Chapel Coordinator’s job offered.
7. GS in Easter FAIRTRADE chocolate campaign.
8. GS in New York shares great UN moment.
9. St Clare’s students excels.
9. WA ACRATH hosts successful event.
10. Interfaith Corner by Monica Walsh.
11. Rosemount worker’s thoughts on Thailand.
12. Calendar dates for 2012.

“Can You Hear Us,” : Report on Social Protection Floor Initiative from the NGO Committee on Social Development 2012

In the background on the banner some of the 15,000 already collected signatories.   Read some of the comments from signatories at    Have you signed?  Why not do so immediately and invite your friends to do so.  We need one million signatures by June 2012

Take an action today to end poverty:  Add your signature in support of the Social Protection Floor Initiative

Social Protection Floor Initiative Signature Campaign – Update

On Tuesday January 31, 2012 over 15,000 signatures from 134 countries were handed over to the newly elected President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council Council,  His Excellency Ambassador Miloš Koterec of the Slovak Republic.  This was the opening ceremony of the Civil Society Forum,  cosponsored by the NGO Committee for Social Development, the United Nations DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development and the Freidrich-Ebert-Stiftung.  

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