16 Days Campaign Day 16<br>UN International Human Rights Day

Human rights (HR) are inherent to each person without discrimination. They are set out in the Universal Declaration of HR Dec 10, 1948, as interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

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Posted on December 10, 2018

16 Days Campaign Day 15<br>Does Patriarchy in the Church Play a Role in Abuse?

Survivors of Abuse share their experience... Patriarchy is a system of society, in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.

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Posted on December 09, 2018

16 Days Campaign Day 14<br>Ownership and Objectification of Women

Women frequently face sexual objectification in daily interpersonal interactions and through the active and passive consumption of multimedia. This can lead to internalization of society’s scrutiny, resulting in habitual body monitoring and self-consciousness. In turn, it can increase feelings of body shame and appearance anxiety.

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Posted on December 08, 2018

16 Days Campaign Day 13<br>Femicide

Femicide  is a sex-based, hate crime term, broadly defined as "the intentional killing of women or girls because they are females."

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Posted on December 07, 2018

16 Days Campaign Day 12<br>Women's Vulnerability to Climate Change

Leading Academics have warned that “A new obstacle has emerged in the battle for female equality, in the form of climate change. Global warming will inflict far more suffering on women than men, because they are more vulnerable to the floods, droughts and diseases that are expected to increase as the climate changes”.

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Posted on December 06, 2018

16 Days Campaign Day 11<br>Widows and Property

Some traditional cultures do not easily concede recognition of a widow’s human rights. In practice, especially in some rural areas, it is widely assumed that only men should own or inherit land and that widowhood terminates a woman’s social legitimacy.

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Posted on December 05, 2018

16 Days Campaign Day 10<br>Rape As A Weapon of War

We knew the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was nearby, but it was shocking to see them arrive and brutally round up the men and boys in our village. 

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Posted on December 04, 2018

16 Days Campaign Day 9<br>Human Trafficking

“Human trafficking is all around us, in all regions of the world... in practices of forced labour, sexual servitude, recruitment of child soldiers and other forms of exploitation.”

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Posted on December 03, 2018

16 Days Campaign Day 8<br>Girls Deprived of Education

Education is a human right regardless of your gender. According to UNICEF, “When we educate a girl, we not only give her the tools and knowledge to make her own decisions and shape her own future, we also help raise the standard of living of her family and her community.”

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Posted on December 02, 2018

16 Days Campaign Day 7<br>Harassment and Violence in the Work Place

Women and men experience violence and harassment in the world of work, but unequal status and power relations in society and at work often result in women being far more exposed to such treatment.

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Posted on December 01, 2018

16 Days Campaign Day 6<br>Child Brides

Each year 15 million girls are married as children. On her wedding day as an 11-year-old bride, Noora remembers her childish delight at receiving gifts and being thrilled because friends and family gathered for a three day party in her honour

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Posted on November 30, 2018

16 Days Campaign Day 5<br>Cyber Bullying

Flora’s cousin, who had been harassing her with threats of physical violence if she did not consent to marry him, pinned her down, taking compromising photos which he stored on a USB drive. 

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Posted on November 29, 2018

16 Days Campaign Day 4<br>Children Caught in Prostitution

Jennifer is fourteen years old, though she looks much older. She began her “dancing career” in a bar when she was ten years old

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Posted on November 28, 2018

16 Days Campaign Day 3<br> Sexual Harassment

Marianne was on her way to university when she was approached by a man on a motorbike who grabbed her, took her to an isolated location and poured acid on her face. 

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Posted on November 27, 2018

16 Days Campaign Day 2<br>Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

FGM also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision, is the ritual cutting or removal of some, or all of the external female genitalia

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Posted on November 26, 2018

16 Days Campaign Day 1<br>International Day for the Elimination of Violence  Against Women

Grooming leading to Violence... Within days of getting engaged to her wonderful fiancé John, Susan a bright university student, was on her way to a new life in his country.

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Posted on November 25, 2018

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign 2018

The 16 Days Campaign is getting ready for a relaunch on November 25! 

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Posted on November 21, 2018

Novena to St. John Bosco

The Novena to St. John Bosco begins on January 22nd and ends on Jan 31st, his Feast Day. We invite you to join us in praying this Novena for all young people.


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Posted on January 21, 2018

Pope Francis' Angelus Message for the Epiphany

“These are the three attitudes we find in the Gospel: careful searching, indifference, fear. And we too must choose which of the three to adopt.”

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Posted on January 06, 2018

Work with young people, and not just for young people

In an interview with UN News – recorded days before the end of his tenure as UN Envoy on Youth – Mr. Alhendawi says, “We cannot really achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or bring peace and prosperity to our world without engaging young people.”

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Posted on February 13, 2017

Walking in the footsteps of St. Francis de Sales

We, Srs. Brid and Noelle, recently visited Annecy and all the places associated with this very human and gentle patron of the Salesian family.  Our visit surpassed our expectations in many ways and has left us with precious and inspirational memories.

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Posted on October 11, 2016

Sr. Noelle reports from the IIMA Human Rights Office, Geneva

Last Wednesday, after getting my monthly travel pass and my UN badge, we headed for a packed Palais des Nations where the Human Rights Council of the UN was in assembly.  It meets for just 10 weeks in the year, 3 of which are in September. 

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Posted on September 22, 2016

Canonisation of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Capping a process that stretched on for almost 20 years, Pope Francis on Sunday formally declared Mother Teresa, the “nun of the gutters” who was a champion for the poor, the dying and the unborn, the newest saint of the Catholic Church.

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Posted on September 04, 2016
Tags - International

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg meets Pope Francis

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have met Pope Francis at the Vatican.

They discussed 'how to use communication technologies to alleviate poverty'

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Posted on August 29, 2016

Happy Birthday, Salesian Sisters!

On 5th August 1872, the first fifteen Salesian Sisters were clothed in their religous garments, and eleven of them (including St Mary Mazzarello) made their first professions. Don Bosco and the Bishop of Acqui were present on this joyful occasion at Mornese, Italy. 

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Posted on August 04, 2016