A newly released documentary “Maisha: A New Life Oustide the Mines”.

A newly released documentary “Maisha: A New Life Oustide the Mines” connects the story of a Good Shepherd Sisters’ project in Kolwezi, located in the DRC’s mineral-rich Katanga region and its great results, with the larger picture of human rights violations in the mining sector and the international advocacy work of many NGOs to change this situation.  The film was launched in Rome on Thursday, October 29, 2015

Here are links to an interviews with Italian and US Media

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English – go to 13.20 an interview with Sr Brigid Lawlor.

Vatican Radio also did a piece.   The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See sponsored the film and at the screening Ambassador Hackett told Susy Hodges why there is an urgent need for greater awareness and transparency about the global supply chain of “digital” minerals and about the horrific exploitation of these miners in the DRC.    Read and hear more here

Congratulation to the Sisters Catherine, Jane, Margaret and all Mission Partners in Kolwezi who day by day journey with the local community in making a difference.  The support of the  Fondazione Internazionale Buon Pastore ONLUS towards the mission under the leadership of Cristina Duranti is admirable.  One advocacy point in the Statement of the Good Shepherd International Justice Peace Office to the Commission for Social Development is 

  • Launch the ambitious, forward-thinking and sustainable policies required for a paradigm shift by challenging current models and policies of economic development, trade agreements, land grabbing, extractivism and engaging with models of economic development that democratize ownership of resources and economic gains, and solidarity-based forms of ownership and management.

 

 

 

 

United Nations Experts on the Human Rights of Migrants called on the European Union to open regular and safe channels for migrants in order “to take over the mobility market from the smugglers.”

Today October 23rd the UN General Assembly Third Committee heard from Mr. Francisco Carrión Mena (Ecuador) Francisco Carrion Mena Chair of the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families and the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants Mr. François Crépeau (Canada)  Francois Crepeau

(Photos from UN Multimedia)  They took the opportunity to issue and open letter calling on the European Union to open regular and safe channels for migrants in order “to take over the mobility market from the smugglers.”  Read the full statement here

Each experts delivered a statement to the Members Third Committee:

Statement of the Chair of the Committee and Statement of the Special Rapporteur

The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1990. It establishes, in certain areas, the principle of equality of treatment with nationals for all migrant workers and their families, regardless of their legal status. It set forth, for the first time, internationally uniform definitions agreed upon by States for different categories of migrant workers. It also obliged sending, transit and receiving States parties to institute protective action on behalf of migrant workers. Access the Convention
This year is the 25th Anniversary of the Convention.  Only 48 member states are party to the Convention, there are 18 Signatory States who need to ratify.  What is 66 out of 193 Member States?  Industrialized, developed countries have not ratified.  Mr Francisco Carrion Mena emphasized that  border controls are not exempt from human rights obligations and children should never be detained because of immigration status.  A migrant is not a commodity but a human being with Human Rights.
See this article on ‘Why Europe’s tough migrant trail is still so busy.”   Read here
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3rd Annual Girls Speak Out at the United Nations October 9th, 2015

International Day of the Girl: ‘Girls Speak Out’  at the United Nations 9 Oct 2015  Theme: The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.   Organized by the Permanent Mission of Canada.     Listen to the raw and uncensored voices of girls …View the full programme here

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The Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd was a sponsor of this event.  See can you spot our logo on the T-shirt?

Congratulations again to the girls of Kenya Click here to see the video

Thanks to all who contributed to the various blog posts for the International Day of the Girl.

The future is in the making!

Organize for Climate March on 29th November

gccmA historic event is about to happen. On November 29, hours before world leaders meet at the Paris Climate Summit, the Global Climate March will take place to push political leaders to commit to bold action to solve the climate change crisis. Over 1 million people are expected to join in over 2000 cities. – Link to Website with all the information   This website is prepared French  Spanish  Italian Portuguese  and Polish

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I am attaching a set of papers prepared with regard to Laudato Si.  They are in English and French. E 1     E 2   E 3  E 4   and  F 1  F 2  F 3  F 4

Don’t forget that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development focuses on the social, the environmental and the economic.  The 2030 Agenda is in 6 languages  You can access the 2030 Agenda here in the various languages

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The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision 2030

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From a celebration of the International Day of the Girl, Kenya.

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 From the United Nations to Kenya girls are claiming their voice and their power!     Well done!
‘Let’s not discriminate the girl child for she can do great things’

 

Celebration in India of the International Day of the Girl

Congratulations India Read about the event here

Creating awareness of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with students pledging to do their part towards implementation of the sustainable development goals.  Essay writing and speech competitions were held to emphasize the the importance of the Girl Child.

Adding a reminder of what the sustainable goals are

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Another Great Celebration for International Day of the Girl from Kenya

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD – Kenya 

On 11th October, 2015, 300 beneficiaries of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd converged at Kanyueri High School in Embu County to celebrate the international day of the girl child. The event was marked by a procession from the school to the nearby shopping centre creating awareness on specific issues affecting the girl child in Embu (Kenya). During the procession there were ten stations each station was represented by a particular issues and participants posed for prayer and explanation on that particular issue. The issues were Female Genital Mutilation, Abortion, Poverty, Sexual Abuse of children, Gender Inequality, Drug and Substance Abuse, Child Labour, Early Marriages, Teenage Pregnancies and Alcohol among others. From the ten issues they voted for FGM, Abortion, Poverty, Sexual abuse of children and Drug abuse as the priority to be addressed.

After the procession there were speeches by different people including Srs.Jane and Flora the organisers of the day.  Speakers emphasised on issues identified as the main challenges facing the girl child in Kenya. This was further followed by presentations by the girls and the women which were in form of poems and songs.

One of the girls presented a very beautiful and touching poem on challenges facing the girl child. The day ended by the girls voting for the priority issues to be addressed; this are FGM, Sexual Abuse of Children, Poverty, Abortion and Drug Abuse.

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The girls voting on the various issues and asking community government and global leaders to take action.

Read full report here