This is the translated text of the Spanish and pictures are not included. Thank you Rohan Dominic of the Claretians!
This is the translated text of the Spanish and pictures are not included. Thank you Rohan Dominic of the Claretians!
On Saturday evening January 13th a very successful 3 day Justice Peace workshop was completed at Ngong, Kenya. It was attended by 12 sisters in Temporary Profession, 4 Novices, together with Sr Teresa, Formator with the Temporary Professed and Sr Catherine the community leader in Ngong. There were 3 Resource Person – Donatus Lili, NGO Regional Designate for RIMOA, (center) Michael Owino Coordinator of the Mission Development Office East Central Africa (right) and myself. It was an experience of team work and integration of justice peace with ministry against a backdrop of spirituality.
See the suggested Schedule for Nairobi – January 2018 Invariably too much was planned but what was accomplished was substantive and with some depth. Having been warmly welcomed by the community in Ngong, Day 1 began with introductions and sharing by each participant of experiences and the meaning of justice peace in her life. Samples of sharing included standing firm and fighting corruption by not signing on a document; helping girls to bring cases to court in order to claim their rights; being an advocate in the court for children; having the courage to point out a judge who was corrupt; advocating and representing children rights with parents; being observant in the Metatu ( public transport) and noticing a girl who was being trafficked and taking appropriate action. Some comments and reflections noted that there is no peace without justice; the necessity of peace and justice to self; justice begins at home with self, within the community, and with staff by implementing just procedures; justice peace cannot be separated from compassion, forgiveness and reconciliation; justice and peace necessitates an analysis of root causes, calls for risk taking and is a process, a journey; being an agent of justice peace in society, within ministries, within families, and it starts with me; being in solidarity with others; reflecting the face of Jesus in all circumstances.
Session two shared on the GSIJP Office – the who and the what, outlining structures and the job description of the Justice Peace Contact. Winifred outlined some of the recommendations from the workshop in 2016 as many of the participants had attended that workshop. There was a review of vision and mission and the Congregational Direction Statement. See Thursday January 11 2018 Session 1& 2
Session 3 and 4 was learning around the Sustainable Development Goals using the lyrics We-Love-the-SDGs-Study-Guide-v2 and youtube Group work followed making the connections between the various goals and presenting finding linking goals with what is happening in ministries especially the centrality of SDG 5. This included familizariation with the targets of SDG 5 – no discrimination, no violence, no harmful traditional practices, recognize unpaid care work, women’t leadership, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Thursday Session 3 & 4 on SDG’s January 11
Day 2, session 5 and 6 focused on the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women. CEDAW is the bill of rights for Women. Donatus shared on her experience of being in Geneva and presenting a CEDAW report on Fistula. Donatus began with an overview of the human rights mechanisms and then focused on presenting the 30 articles of CEDAW Convention. Some articles of particular interest to us are Article 1 which defines discrimination against women to cover all facets of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Article 3: Women are fundamentally equal with men in all spheres life and countries must take measures to uphold women’s equality in the political, social, economic, and cultural fields. Article 6 is an important one for Good Shepherd as countries are urged to take steps to suppress the exploitation of prostitution and trafficking in women. Article 7 is about women’s right to engage in political and public life with the right to vote, hold public office and participate in civil society. Article 9 has to do with nationality. Women have equal rights with men to acquire, change, or retain their nationality and that of their children. Article 10 addresses the right to education, article 11 the right to employment and article 12 the right to health. Article 13 Women have equal right to family benefits, financial credit and participation in recreational activities. Article 14 concerns rural women and article 15 addresses equality before the law. Women have the right to enter contract, own property and choose three place of residence. Article 16 Women have equal rights with men in matters related to marriage and family relations. The following articles 17 – 24 are related to the Committee on CEDAW and reporting procedures followed by Articles 25 -30 on the Administration of the Convention.
Winifred led Session 7 and 8 Introducing the United Nations and presenting in depth the Social Protection Floor Concept as outlined in ILO Recommendation 202. See Friday January 12 Session 7 & 8 (The Declaration on Human Rights was not presented – time factor). The decision of the group was to hear about Social Protections Floors.
Session 9 was led by Michale Owino, Mission Development Office Director for Kenya. Sr Rose Mary, the monitoring and evaluation office attended this session.
Michael presented in a very thorough and reflective way the Mission Development Office – team, broad objectives, focus areas, resource mobilization, co-ordination – communication, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, workshops with project directors, centralization, mainstreaming justice peace, spirituality and Mission Partner development.
The final session was filled with appreciations for the opportunity to learn and share. I appreciated the interest, and participation of each person. Karibu!
It’s September 2017, two years have passed since the SDGs were adopted but where are we at now? Are governments delivering on what they promised?
Increasing conflict and inequality, unprecedented levels of migration and displacement and the devastating effects of climate change are some of the issues that define our age. Extremism and disenfranchisement fuel reactive political movements with chaotic and dangerous outcomes.
These are issues that go beyond country borders and require concerted efforts around the world. To tackle these issues governments agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals on 25 September 2015 and now on the second anniversary we ask you to join us to #Act4SDGs!
En sep2embre de 2017 se cumplen dos años de la adopción de los ODS, pero ¿cuánto hemos avanzado? ¿Están cumpliendo los gobiernos con sus compromisos?
Crecientes conflictos y desigualdad, niveles de migración y desplazamiento sin precedente, y los devastadores efectos del cambio climá2co son algunos de los problemas que definen a nuestra época. El extremismo y la pérdida de derechos mo2van movimientos polí2cos reac2vos con resultados caó2cos y peligrosos.
Existen problemas que van más allá de las fronteras y requieren esfuerzos concertados alrededor del mundo. Para abordar estos problemas, los gobiernos acordaron los Obje2vos de Desarrollo Sostenible el 25 de sep2embre de 2015 y ahora, en su segundo aniversario te pedimos que te unas a #ActuaxODS
C’est septembre 2017, deux ans se sont écoulés depuis que les ODD ont été adoptés, mais où en sommes-nous maintenant ? Les gouvernements honorent-ils leurs promesses comme ils se sont engagés à le faire?
La recrudescence des conflits et des situaHons d’inégalités, des niveaux sans précédent de migraHon et de déplacement de populaHons ainsi que les effets dévastateurs du changement climaHque sont quelques-uns des problèmes qui caractérisent notre époque. L’extrémisme et la marginalisaHon alimentent des mouvements poliHques réacHonnaires avec des résultats chaoHques et dangereux.
Ce sont des problèmes qui s’étendent au-delà des fronHères naHonales et exigent des efforts concertés dans le monde enHer. Pour aborder ces problèmes, en date du 25 septembre 2015, les gouvernements se sont mis d’accord sur les ObjecHfs de Développement Durable et maintenant, au deuxième anniversaire, nous vous demandons de nous rejoindre au #AgirODD
Consulter le nouveau guide Toolkit
Report 2017 Colorful graphics of progress of the 17 SDG’s in 6 languages – Choose your language. Gráficos coloridos de progreso de los 17 SDG en 6 idiomas – Elige tu idioma. Graphiques colorés de la progression des 17 SDG en 6 langues – Choisissez votre langue.
ACTION: 10 days left – If you use social media Facebook /Twitter/ Tumbler join the Thurderclap English
ACCIÓN: Faltan 10 días – Si usas las redes sociales Facebook / Twitter / Tumblr se unen al Thunderclap Spanish
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Want to ask a question why not use the comment box ? ¿Quieres hacer una pregunta? ¿Por qué no usar el cuadro de comentarios? Vous voulez poser une question pourquoi ne pas utiliser la boîte de commentaires?
We did not translate into French / Nous ne sommes pas traduits en français / No tradujimos al francés
SDG 5 – ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’ is one of the goals to be reviewed during this session of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). The Women’s Major Group is a recognized entity contributing to the HLPF. Good Shepherd is a member of this group. Earlier this group prepared a POSITION PAPER
Do read the executive summary – two pages ‘ Gender inequality (SDG 5) is one of the most pervasive inequalities, evidenced by numbers of women living in poverty (SDG 1); discriminatory laws/policies targeting women, including
unequal inheritance or criminalization of abortion (SDGs 2, 3); predominant unsustainable industrial agriculture/fisheries models pushing out small farmers and artisanal fisher people, majority of whom are women (SDGs 2, 14); and reduction/elimination of essential services and infrastructure women and girls rely on, such as education/health services and social protection (SDGs 3, 9).” The paper looks at 5 issues – Women’s Human Rights, Meaningful Participation, Civil Society Space, Finance and Accountability.
How does this compare with the the thematic review of SDG 5? Link to Thematic Review I attended this two day review in June – Expert Group Meeting on Strategies to Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls through the Gender-responsive Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development I added my piece to the discussion – as various forms of violence were raised but not human trafficking. See towards the end marker 2.52.40
See the other Webcasts: Part 1; Part 2 above; Part 3 Reviewing these Webcasts will give you some idea of the complex and multi-faceted issues that affect women and girls and how important it is to connect the dots and see the inter-linkages across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals and in particular SDG 1, 2, 3, 5, 9,14 and 17 as being reviewed this year.
The side event for the Women’s Major Group:
If you are at the United Nations these days all you will hear is HLPF! HLPF! I know that many people do not like or use acronyms. So what is HLPF? Well the acronym stands for the ‘High Level Political Forum’. Not sure that was a help! The High Level Political Forum is a meeting of all the Member States of the United Nations to assess how the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goal is being achieved. The meeting this year is from July 10 to 19th and is divided into two parts – week one focuses on a thematic review – “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world“. Each of the selected goals will be reviewed. Related issues will also be discussed -(i) multi-dimensional poverty and inequalities; (ii) multi-stakeholders perspectives; (iii) countries specifics – small island states, (iv) least developed countries, land locked countries, and middle income countries; (v) science technology and innovations for SDG’s; (vi) leveraging interlinkages for effective implementation; and (vii) science policy interface and emerging issues .
The program for this year is focusing on achievements, gaps and challenges in implementation of Goals 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 14 and 17.
Week two of the program gives a pace to 44 countries to make their voluntary national reviews (VNR’s) Afghanistan; Argentina; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belgium; Belize; Benin; Botswana; Brazil; Chile; Costa Rica; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; El Salvador; Ethiopia; Guatemala; Honduras; India; Indonesia; Iran; Italy; Japan; Jordan; Kenya; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Maldives; Monaco; Nepal; Netherlands; Nigeria; Panama; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Slovenia; Sweden; Tajikistan; Thailand; Togo; Uruguay; Zimbabwe. Good Shepherd is present in 20 of the countries presenting reviews. Some are grouping together and presenting as panelist and some are making individual national presentations.
Are you interested in knowing what your country is reporting? Many of the reports – are now available on the WEBSITE Some have the main message but many have provided the full report.
Monday July 17th
Tuesday July 18th
Wednesday July 19th
(The bold print are countries where Good Shepherd are present) On Wednesday evening just before the closing of the session a ministerial declaration will be adopted.
Sr Donatus Lili from Kenya – the NGO Regional Designate for Africa is currently in New York for the HLPF. Kenya is presenting it Voluntary National Review (VNR) on Monday July 17th. Donatus has been following the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development since her appointment in January 2017.
She has attended a review session with NGO’s at National Level and also was in Addis Ababa for the Regional Review at the Economic Commission for Africa. It is interesting to read both reports.
Donatus is a panelist at a side event entitled ‘Poverty to Prosperity: Shared Stories from NGO’s Working with Communities Tuesday July 11th
Another side event that we are co-sponsoring in collaboration with ATD4th World ‘Participation’
Implementing robust, well financed national floors of social protection is critical to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its goals. The Global Coalition for Social Protection is active during the HLPF – with a number of side events. These are collaborative efforts with Member States, UN Entities and NGO’s.