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Woman Of Courage 2014

3 November 2014

On October 18 the seventh annual award for Woman of Courage was given to Rose Mapendo—and “courage” is a good word to describe her! We chose Rose for the award as a representative of women who suffer from war and violence, especially those who are refugees. During a civil war in the Congo, her family […]

UN Has a Good Start

3 November 2014

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a 26-year old poet from the Marshall Islands—a teacher, a journalist, a founder of an environmental NGO and a mother—was selected to represent civil society during the opening ceremony of the opening UN Summit. She delivered the most memorable presentation of the day: a short statement followed by a stirring poem addressed to […]

Leave No One Behind

3 November 2014

Think, Decide and Act Together Against Extreme Poverty. This was the theme of this year’s celebration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17. The keynote speakers were people living in poverty, who felt privileged to have their voices heard, especially by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon himself. He affirmed the […]

Ireland and Kenya Have a New Job

3 November 2014

The United Nations has appointed ambassadors from Ireland (David Donohue) and Kenya (probably Macharia Kamau) to lead international negotiations for the coming year on a new global development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals. The President of the UN General Assembly asked Ireland and Kenya to co-facilitate the negotiations which will lead to a […]

Meeting Talitha Kum

3 November 2014

Talitha Kum is the UISG (International Union of Superiors General) anti-human trafficking project, with headquarters in Rome but with affiliates all over the world—APWRATH, ACRATH, CATHII, RENATE and similar organizations of sisters against human trafficking. Sister Estrella Castelone FMA (picture) came from Rome to participate in our meeting of the US Catholic Sisters Against Human […]

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