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For DPI/NGO event – Roots of change: MMS as agents of Change

Dr.Anna Dengel founder of MMS told us “the sufferings of the world should have an echo in your hearts”. Her passion and compassion gave birth to our organization Medical Mission Sisters and that’s how I Celine is here today. Anna’s journey as a woman Doctor started in 1925 when she responded to the health needs of the Muslim women in Rawalpindi North India Now Pakistan who were not allowed to see male doctors. Anna had a vision that women health professionals who dedicated their lives to God could make a difference in helping women to have access to the health care they deserved. She saw this not only as a work of Charity, but also one of Justice.
Austrian Dr Anna founded our organization in Washington DC for the women in India, yes, we are global citizens from the beginning.
Anna was instrumental in changing a Canon law of Catholic …

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Global Poverty and the growing Billionaires

The title itself is contradictory but a new study by Jens Martens and Karolin Scitz examines the influence of Philanthropic foundations on Global Development .

Today, there are more than 200,000 foundations in the world. Over 86,000 foundations are registered in the USA; 6 another estimated 85,000 foundations are based in Western Europe and 35,000 in Eastern Europe. 7 The philanthropic sector is also growing in the global South, with for example, approximately 10,000 foundations in Mexico, nearly 2,000 in China and at least 1,000 in Brazil, 8 largely due to the rapidly increasing number of wealthy individuals in countries in the global South. According to Forbes Magazine, among the 1,826 world billionaires .The roots of modern philanthropy can be traced back to the beginning of the 20th century.Today, there are more than 200,000 foundations in the world. Over 86,000 foundations are registered in the USA; another estimated 85,000 foundations …

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French Gender and Climate Justice Associations Group Demand :

Respect for all human rights…

For climate policies that incorporate gender equality
French women’s and feminist associations have joined forces in the Gender and Climate Justice group to participate in citizen mobilization and contribute to political advocacy before, during and after the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21, 30 November – 11 December 2015, Paris). They are signatories to a position paper whose main recommendations follow :
Gender equality, women’s empowerment, and combating gender-based violence constitute a cross-cutting challenge to the achievement of sustainable human development.

Representing 70% of the world’s poor, overburdened with domestic work and having limited access to resources, land, credit, etc., women are particularly affected by the consequences of climate change. Flooding, desertification and biodiversity loss all exacerbate gender violence and the plight of refugees.

In all countries women and women’s organisations play …

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Emilia from Civil society spoke at the FFd3 in Addis

“Do I dare disturb the Universe?” The poet Eliot asked. As citizens, we do dare.
Yesterday we got an document that, following the words of the discussant Prato, is coherent with the incoherence of this world. In which the economic and financial dynamics allows that the illicit flows from the South to the North are 4 times the flows that officially run from the North to the South, and women subsidize the entire economy with their unpaid domestic and care work. In which the weight and ill will of power prevail over global governance. In which a clouded discussion of
sums of money prevail over the urgent regulation that we need for economic and financial flows. In which the possibility of strong actionable deliverables was hijacked. As civil society, we want to say that the weak outcome doesn’t mean the dynamic that allowed it was right. It doesn’t mean we …

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Former Brazelian President on Freedom of Association and Strike by workers.

An article by the former President of the Federal Republic of Brazil, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva (“Lula”), on ‘Freedom of Association and the Right to Strike’. In the context of the International Labour Conference .

He takes issue with attempts at limiting the right to strike by suggesting it is not covered by Convention 87 of the ILO on freedom of association, as well as with pressures to reduce the ILO’s character from an international (tripartite) organisation to a UN agency. As Lula puts it, rather than a fair reflection of ‘new realities’, this push reflects “an attempt to weaken a fundamental ILO standard, namely freedom of association, and hence the other ones too”.
Recalling how international solidarity using this Convention helped him
and other unionists when they were imprisoned for leading a
metalworkers’ strike in 1980, he reminds us that “throughout history,
higher, more justly distributed incomes and …

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A Conversation with Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez

The Imperative of Hope: Recovering the Prophetic in Christian Life Today – A Conversation with Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez

One evening I had the privilege of listening to the founder of liberation Theology Fr.Gustavo Gutierrez OP at a jam packed Fordham University hall in New York. Theologian Michael E. Lee started the conversation by way of asking questions: Among various theologies, why Liberation theology is standing out? Fr. Gutierrez responded “Liberation theology is a tool, its central point is the place of the least and the last person in Christianity. If we take the Bible, the poor is always important”.
According to Gutiérrez true “liberation” has three main dimensions: First, it involves political and social liberation, the elimination of the immediate causes of poverty and injustice. Second, liberation involves the emancipation of the poor, the marginalised, the downtrodden and the oppressed from all “those things that limit their capacity to develop …

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