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Mercy Enews
No. 506 | 20 March 2013

Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, used her inheritance in service of the needs of her time. Today, Sisters of Mercy, through Mercy International Association, use their resources to respond to issues of global poverty demonstrated in the massive displacement of persons worldwide...This vision keeps alive the founding spirit of Catherine among peoples of the world most in need of God's compassion and mercy.
from the MIA Visioning Statement 2007


“Now or Never”: UN 57th Commission on the Status of Women, March 4-15, 2013 (MGA)

The overarching theme of the 57th session at the United Nations in New York of the Commission on the Status of Women: “Ending Violence against Women and Girls” is a theme that is shameful even to name.

That it is necessary to address such a topic in the 21st century is chilling testimony to the abysmal history of the previous twenty centuries relative to the status – let alone the treatment – of women and girls. Yet a cursory review of the titles of parallel events held alongside of the formal deliberations of delegates of UN Member States bears sad witness to the conditions under which the women and girls of the world continue to struggle for what is simply their basic human rights as persons...

Messages to:
Rita Parks rsm
Aine O'Connor rsm - MGA Co-ordinator at the UN

Photo: l-r Mary Ryan rsm, Aine O'Connor rsm, H.E. Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan, Patricia O'Donovan rsm



Worth Knowing:  The excellent website Why Poverty? has been updated with new films and the long documentaries are now all available online in Spanish on the Spanish site. Teachers: note the addition of resources and teaching tools.

Worth a Look:  Data Blog - International Women's Day: political rights around the world mapped
Source: The Guardian

Worth Watching: 60 Minutes on CBS (USA) on Sunday night (17/3) screened "American nuns struggle with Vatican for change". The question for CBS: " Will Pope Francis change the way the Vatican has been dealing with the largest U.S. nun's organization? Bob Simon reports". Watch it here

Worth Reading:
Online, Some are More Equal than Others

Source: The Guardian
The March issue of the Stop Trafficking newsletter is now available. This issue brings to light the escalation of human trafficking in Haiti since the earthquake. Mostly slave labor in homes. Access the issue here

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