- “Camelamos naquerar!” (We want to speak!) The Religious of Jesus and Mary operate a nursery school in a barrio in Pinos Puente (close to Granada, Spain) which is part of a project of inclusion with the Gypsy and Paya community in Pinos Puente. Here they also offer a weekly workshop for women, especially the Gypsy and Paya women who have children in the school, to give them a place where they can speak freely, be heard, hear other voices, and discover other aspects of reality. It is open to every woman who seeks a place to feel comfortable and at ease.
- The Quebec Province of the Sisters of Providence was represented at the Association of Religious for the Rights of Women in November 2014 in Montreal at the Congregation of Notre Dame. The association had chosen a program in harmony with the theme of the 2015 World Women’s March, “Liberate our bodies, our lands, and our territories.” Three indigenous women joined them and Mrs. Viviane Michel spoke with the sisters on “the indigenous woman in her culture, her family, her social milieu: to be feminist while respecting the tradition.” Listing rights that are often disregarded, the women pleaded for a place in the government so that justice might be done, including the 147 indigenous women who have disappeared.
- The Sisters of Sion have been working with over 200 women from the Pacific coastal town of Real Queson in the Philippines, in establishing a paper-making business and learning how to do banking. This business, called Nature’s Garden, is designing beautiful greeting cards for all occasions, as well as book marks, jewelry, booklets, and gift paper—to make money for the women’s families. It is a real success story of women’s empowerment.
- Several UNANIMA communities were present at the Commission on the Status of Women: the CND, CSB, DW, MSC, NDS, RSC, SDS, SNJM, OSU, and maybe more!
First picture: Bathilda Heqoa and Barbara Spears SNJM;