Dominican Women at the United Nations: Changing the Narrative One Story at a Time

For many years the world-wide Dominican Family has had representatives at the United Nations, in New York and Geneva, to amplify the voices of the people we accompany in every corner of the globe.

Later this month, at the end of the two-week annual UN assembly of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Dominican Sisters at the United Nations will host a webinar gathering the voices of Dominican Sisters and their partners in ministry on five continents, to share powerful life-transforming stories about how the work of women is changing the world.

All are welcome to participate in this 90-minute event at 7;00 a.m. Central Time, on Friday, March 26, 2021.

“A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Our hearts are strong!"

Canadian indigenous woman at the 2015 U.N. Comission on the Status of Women

60.3 million women live in parts of the world where violence against women isn’t a crime.  This violence is a disease; when it gets to the whole body, it is hard to cure. 

--Sister Marcelline Koch, OP

If girls and women escape a war torn area, they are at great risk as refugees.  Jordan, which has hosted refugees since 1948, has a population of 9.5 million, and 2.5 million are refugees.  80% of these refugees are women.  Men cannot get work, and that often leads to domestic violence.

--Sister Marcelline Koch, OP

For development to occur in the world, gender violence needs to be eliminated.  And women are speaking and acting for that to happen.  Women are resisting; and women are resilient.  That gives us all great hope.

--Sister Marcelline Koch, OP

The webinar is the brainchild of Dominican Sisters who serve in Mexico, South Africa, Belgium, Chile, Norway and the United States, in partnership with the Belgium-based DOMUNI University to raise the voices of women changing unjust systems around the globe.

Register here and join us on March 26.


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