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International Presentation Association
International Presentation Association is a network of Catholic religious congregations of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, friends, and associates who work for personal and systemic change for People and Earth.
Our mission is to speak and act in partnership with others for global justice from a contemplative stance in a spirit of oneness with the whole of creation. ( 2017 IPA Assembly)
As Presentation people we have become aware that we live in a global world. We are aware that everything is connected and that what happens locally affects the whole world just as what happens globally affects the local situation. Our foundress Nano Nagle had a global vision at a time when people were only beginning to discover the extent of the world’s boundaries. We know that to carry out the mission of Jesus in the spirit of Nano Nagle in today’s global context we need to think globally and act globally and locally in partnership with others.
The International Presentation Association is accredited with the United Nation’s Department of Public Information (DPI) from 1997 and with the Economic and Social council (ECOSOC) from 2000. Guided by the UN Charter, ECOSOC is the one UN body that has established rights for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to observe and contribute to its work.
The IPA NGO Representative at the UN connects the grass roots and the UN by bringing in the experiences of local communities to the UN and facilitating grass root participation at UN events.
News Update – July 2021
Brian O’Toole, (Director of the Interprovincial Justice Desk see HERE ) recently attended a meeting of the IPA Justice Contacts from around the world, with a view to planning how we might work together as we prepare for the 8th IPA Assembly in Newfoundland in 2022.
Since the last Assembly (Sydney, 2017) the IPA has been tasked with working together on Priority Action 2—To honour and Advance Care / Rights of the Earth and we have been grouped with others (see right) who are similarly engaged in working in this area of Justice.
Importantly, as the world prepares for COP26, postponed from last year, we see our work as an opportunity to learn and disseminate on COP26 as we try to discern all that we can and could do to advance the rights of the Earth as we work to ensure that those furthest behind are offered a place of prominence in all that we plan.
Given that the IPA UN focus is on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children we are also looking at Priority Area 2, where the Rights of our Earth and the issues facing women and children overlap, so that we can have more impactful actions that involve those in our communities at home.
IPA Research Fellow Post
The International Presentation Association (IPA) will be leading an in-depth research project focused on various aspects of the elimination of violence against women and children, such as transforming gender stereo-types. The Research Fellow will contribute to this research by conducting an in-depth study, inter alia, on the pathways, approaches & policies of changing gender stereotypes/norms and for bringing about transformative change. The position requires a good understanding of contemporary issues in violence against women and children, as well as experience in applying quantitative and qualitative research methods. Review of applications will begin August 10, 2021. See Home – International Presentation Association for full details (click on relevant Banner on top of website home page).
Monthly IPA Justice Contact Update
Sr. Marie Therese Krueger, pbvm (IPA Programme Action Leader) regularly shares stories, events, photos or items of Presentation interest on her IPA News Update. If you had something you would like to share you can send it on to Brian O’Toole at firstname.lastname@example.org who will forward it on to Sr. Mary T. You can see some of Mary T’s Update Issues HERE
You can keep up to date on all matters IPA by reading their regular Newsletter – ‘IPA Matters’. In the second issue in June 2021, Sr. Ann Marie Quinn, pbvm (Executive Director of the IPA) writes in her opening message:
“The way we live and work these days has been irrevocably altered but not dominated by the COVID-19 landscape that surrounds us. Because of our commitment to working for global justice from a contemplative stance, in unity with the whole of creation, we are people of hope. In the words of Raphael Consedine, pbvm speaking of the work of Nano Nagle: “She did not spend her energies on anger or on violence in response to injustice, nor did she let herself be paralysed by the magnitude of the problems around her. Accepting the suffering which her decisions entailed, she gave to others the gift of life and of a future”.
‘Empowered in Advocating for the Elimination of Violence
Against Women and Children’: (IPA Webinar – 24 Nov)
The International Presentation Association (IPA) held a global webinar on the 24th November 2020 on the eve of the UN International Day for the “Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25th) marking the beginning of #16DaysofAction. The title of the webinar was ‘Empowered in Advocating for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children’.
The IPA’s Executive Director, Sr. Ann Marie Quinn opened the webinar welcoming 130 Presentation people from Africa, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, India, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, and the United States, placing the theme of the seminar in the context of the IPA’s status at the United Nations and the first and fifth Commitments made at the IPA 7th Assembly in 2017, namely:
- To “Respond to the cry of Earth” and to people made poor by embracing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in a Human Rights framework, addressing the issues of women and Children, Care of the Earth and Indigenous Peoples (as relevant to our local regions.) (1st Commitment), and
- To “Develop a Strategic Plan for IPA”. (5th Commitment)
Both commitments are clearly interconnected. Having a Specific Advocacy focus for IPA is critical for IPA’s presence, engagement and collaboration at the UN whether it is at the UN Headquarters in New York or Geneva (the UN Home of Human Right), or Nairobi (the UN Office for Social Protection). This sharpens the IPA’s emphasis at the UN and achieves greater impact on a global scale, as well as strengthening awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and the Human Rights Framework across the IPA Network, according to Sr. Ann Marie.
Thanks to the consultative and participatory online gatherings in April, May and July 2020, the IPA has a Specific IPA UN Advocacy Focus for the next two years. The focus emerged from the IPA Foci on Women and Children, as Sr. Ann Marie shares in her introduction to the webinar:
“Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and remains largely unreported due to silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.
Emerging data shows that since the outbreak of COVID 19, reports of violence against women, particularly domestic violence, has sharply increased in several countries as security, health and financial concerns heightened tensions, accentuated by confined living conditions of lockdown”.
The IPA Project for the International Day for Eradication of Poverty, is, as many of you are aware, the Society’s mission in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The focus of their project is ‘Towards the Eradication of Gender – Based Violence’.
“Our Work in PNG continues the proud tradition of Nano Nagle and Presentation People from across the globe. This project will work to empower women and children and address systemic barriers which continue their oppression”.
See link to information on the Papua New Guinea (PNG) project: HERE
Dr. Despoina Afrodi Milaki, the IPA NGO Representative at the UN made a presentation on the nature and ‘real life impact’ of violence against women and children detailing and sharing the truly shocking statistic, each figure a life. She identified 3 ways to eliminate this violence under the key headings of Prevent, Respond and Advocate.
- Prevent – by educating, awareness-raising, empowering, building, engaging in key areas. (se detail in the document link below)
- Respond – by providing quality services to women and children survivors of violence, detailing the form these services might take.
- Advocate – defining advocacy as: ‘a deliberate process, based on evidence that directly or indirectly influences decision-makers, stakeholders and relevant audiences to support and implement actions that eliminate violence against women and children, and achieve gender equality.
Dr. Afrodi Milaki then went on to outline in detail How to begin advocacy work, the nature of Strategic Planning and guidance on how to do this. You can see the guidelines in this Powerpoint presentation in the pdf doc IPA Webinar_Nov 2020_NGO Rep PPT
Sr. Ann Marie brought the webinar to a close acknowledging the work and contribution of all who made this event, and the entire work of the IPA possible both historically, and on a daily basis. She concluded:
I bring this webinar to a close with the words of the 7th Assembly prayer: “Creator God you are luring us into a future more expansive than our minds can conceive: Unsettle Us; Disturb and Move us to the edge of New Horizons”. Amen.
You can watch a recording of Webinar (1 hr 20 mins) HERE
See also Eliminate Violence Against Women