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Human Trafficking, as I see it – Alexis Keller ( MMS Intern)

Human Trafficking takes many different forms in our society; sex trafficking, forced labor, and debt bondage are all different forms of modern-day slavery. Pop culture, and even campaigns to end trafficking, can negatively impact how we see the problem. This is critical to trafficking because how we see the issue is how we create solutions, and without understanding the realities of human trafficking, we will never end it. Human trafficking exists because of a confluence of different paradigms. Globalization, economics, migration, human rights, gender, organized crime, and local/national causes can increase the vulnerability a person has to becoming a victim of human trafficking. Despite pop culture depictions, most human trafficking victims are not held with chains or snatched off the street one day. Often times, many people don’t even realize they are victims. Situations  in their life like dysfunctional families, lack of education or economic opportunity, gendered violence, marginalization, and …

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MMS & UN News Oct

Dear Readers,

October is full of important days starting with October 2 the birthday of Mahatma Gandhiremembered as International day of Non Violence.

Oct 10: World Mental Health Day: World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of better mental health. Mental health in the workplace is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017.

Oct 11: International Day of the Girl (IDG) As the result of youth advocacy around the world, in 2011 the UN declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It is a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to …

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Special Event on April 4, 2017

Stories of innovative best practices on SDGs from South India

Topic 1: Initiatives in child-led action for SDGs and for a brave new
world fit for children.

Topic 2 : Initiatives in participatory local governance and
Grassroots sociocracy

Mobilizing People for SDGs through neighborhood Parliaments of Adults

  Speaker: Fr.Edwin John

        Children’s Parliaments & Neighborhood parliaments in India.

4  April 2017 – 10.30 Am to 11.30 Am
At the Baha’i International Offices,
866 UN Plaza, Suite 120, New York 10017
All are welcome!

Organized by : Medical Mission Sisters (SCMM)

Kindly RSVP to : celine@mmsmission.net latest by Friday,31 March.
(to forward the names to Baha’i for security purposes)

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MMS and the UN- Jan 2017

Dear Readers,

We are gifted with one more year and like many of you I want to start the New Year with optimism but the world realities make me a bit worried optimist. The UN Security council’s adoption of a much needed resolution demanding an end to settlement building by Israel, indeed is good news while the GA agreement to give ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) an observer status, equal to Holy See and Palestine is very disappointing-since money can influence the shaping of UN decisions which the civil society is genuinely concerned. In spite of all this, Avaaz gives us one million reasons for hope in 2017:

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/hope_avaaz_2016_share/?baAYccb&v=86004&cl=11491790069&_checksum=e361645abe835963f3594dd2b469ee85044ea57ff429da421f7fbb2c28a36240

Role of the UN in the world – a recap on 2016:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2sck1yq5Wk

Gratitude to the Outgoing UN leaders : The UN was blessed with two great leaders-Secretary General Ban Ki Moon who made the ‘most impossible job’ a possible …

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A True story of Seema Devi

 SEEMA DEVI : THE ICON OF VAISHALI DISTRICT Of  NORTH INDIA.

Semma Devi is 25 year old and fifth wife of an old man. Being dark and short her parents who are uneducated and poor married her off to this old man. She was abused by people and often by her own relatives since a poor woman in India has little value other than to use her for work or marry and produce children for a man.  She felt very sad, no dignity of her own, powerless and not able to get out of the triple effect of poverty, illiteracy and patriarchy.  Feeling dejected and helpless of her pitiful situation, she suffered and there was no one to listen or offer her any help.

When she heard that our organization, Medical Mission Sisters (MMS) who are committed to  health and healing through promotion  of justice and empowerment of women and …

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