Women RULE!

3 April 2012

Thousands of women from thousands of organizations came to this year’s Commission on the Status of Women. Twelve women represented UNANIMA, three of whom spoke at UNANIMA’s side event: Models of Empowerment of Rural Women: Success Stories. Fortunata Msilu described several projects in Tanzania, Nely Rodriquez gave a powerful presentation about the tomato pickers in Florida, and Michele Morek told the engaging story of Casa Ursulina in Chile. Women from all over the world shared their stories—women and the Arab Spring, indigenous women, survivors, dynamic world-shapers, Nobel Laureates. One of the events was a march down 2nd Avenue, in which all participants wore yellow sashes noting one of the issues important to women. Pictured here are Fortunata, intern Carmenza, and Louise Dionne (who works with several of our Canadian communities on social issues). Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, the UN delegates had not completed the official document (disagreement over some resolutions), but it will eventually appear on the UNWomen CSW56 website.

Ready for Rio?

3 April 2012

Someone recently said they are already “tired of Rio.” (Rio+20 or the Sustainable Development Conference in Rio de Janeiro in June). But the UN is certainly energized by it. Even the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are expressing the need to work more closely with the UN to make things happen! UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says it is one of the most significant global opportunities of our lifetime, a real “transformative juncture.” With more than 110 heads of state in attendance, it will be one of the largest summits in world history. It is more than just an ecology conference: the three pillars on which it is based—social, environmental, and economic —will ensure that it includes something of interest to all of us. And we NGOs have a status in the process that we have never had before; we have already strongly influenced the content of the meeting. In fact, if we had not “pushed” at the first Rio conference 20 years ago, the UN Commission on Sustainable Development probably would not have been established.

World Water Day

3 April 2012

Even though you must have thought we missed it (on March 22) your UNANIMA board was right on time. At the board meeting on March 1-3 they voted in the following resolution:

UNANIMA International, an NGO in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, “collaborates with individuals, groups, organizations, and especially the UN to protect…access to life-giving water (as) an essential right for all life forms.”

YOU are Heroes

3 April 2012

Also in this mailing you will find an encouraging letter from Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain. Read what he has to say about his heroes—Catholic sisters working to end trafficking!

Featured UNANIMA International Community

3 April 2012

The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cabrini Sisters) of the Stella Maris Province have been members of UNANIMA International for the past 10 years. Our eighty six sisters along with our collaborators have ministries in the United States, Swaziland (South Africa), the Philippines and Australia. The year 2011 was designated by the province as the “Year of the Immigrant.” The province celebrated with key note speakers at our major gatherings as well as advocacy actions.