Regional Activities from Our Members
One of our UNANIMA goals is to give our “grassroots” sisters an opportunity for input to the United Nations. Here are two examples of recent opportunities:
- Last fall and again this spring we invited our communities who have sisters in Haiti (Daughters of Wisdom, Sisters of St. Anne, Religious of Jesus and Mary, Sisters of Providence, Carmelite Sisters of Charity Vedruna, Handmaids of the Sacred Heart, Holy Union Sisters and Society of the Holy Child Jesus sisters) to submit testimonies about their sisters’ experiences of Human Rights for their country’s Universal Periodic Review in Geneva later this year. Thank you to all the communities who sent us information. (Pictured are some Vedruna sisters in Haiti).
- In preparation for our NGO Forum this year (see article above) the NGO Committee for Social Development tried something new: a regional meeting for civil society in Bucharest, Romania. UNANIMA communities with sisters in Romania—the Sisters of the Divine Savior and the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion—were notified, and some of their sisters did try to participate by webcast. This was a first attempt at a regional conference, and technolgical problems kept them from participating, but we congratulate them on trying! The conference was so successful that the NGO committee will try more regional gatherings next time. We will try to inform members in advance so that you can participate.