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Women of Courage

The 58th UN Commission for Social Development has just come to an end on Friday 19th February in New York.  #CSocD58 This World Summit for Social Development was initiated to address emerging societal challenges to the implementation of 2030 Agenda.   #SDG #UNCSOCD58

Among the global participation was Sr. Ann Marie Quinn, pbvm  International Presentation Association  (IPA Executive Director), with Dr Despoina Afroditi Milaki who is the full-time IPA NGO Representative at the UN, based in New York, and Sr. Mary Therese Krueger, pbvm the IPA Program Action Leader at this Ministerial Forum: (the 58th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD58) taking place from 10 to 19 February 2020.  See  Link to IPA UN involvement

UNANIMA International were also actively present at #CSocD58, presenting their research which shows  that women and children/girls, globally, are vulnerable to the personal and familial circumstances, and structural/systemic causes of Family Homelessness.  As they said: “These are just two of the faces we will be advocating for!”

This summit and its panel discussions provides a way  to educate and influence policy makers at the global level and work for systemic change to achieve a more just world.

The Award for Courage

L-r: Sr. Ann Marie Quinn, Executive Director (IPA), Ms. Mary McAleese (former President of Ireland) with Sr. Jean Quinn, DW and Barbara Spears, SNJM UNANIMA Board..

Annually UNANIMA International presents an Award named The Woman of Courage Award. Beginning in 2008.

On Wednesday 12th February former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese received the UNANIMA International Woman of Courage Award at the United Nations in New York from Jean Quinn, DW – Executive Director of UNANIMA International.  In her keynote address at the UN Commission for Social Development in New York, Mrs McAleese said “in the month before the national election held last week, for the first time, the homelessness figures showed a slight drop”.

Former president Mary McAleese told the UN conference that “it is hard to credit” that homelessness in Ireland grew by 150 per cent in the four year period that followed a 2013 pledge by the then government to resolve the problem.

However, she said “it would be a brave person who would claim as in 2013, that we are now on top of the situation and can look forward soon to an end to homelessness”.

Mrs McAleese said she took heart from the fact that during the election campaign “successive opinion polls showed that the public sees the provision of affordable and adequate housing along with the ending of homelessness as top priorities for government action”.

Woman of Courage 2019 Recipient, Former President Mary McAleese and UNANIMA International’s Executive Director Jean Quinn, DW were both speaking at #CSocD58‘s High-level panel discussion on the priority theme:  “Affordable Housing and Social Protection Systems for all to address Homelessness” on Monday the 10th of February

See International Presentation Association (IPA) Facebook Link to follow activity  @internationalpresentationassociation HERE

Note: UNANIMA International is a Non –Governmental Organisation (NGO) advocating on behalf of Women and Children, Homeless and Displaced, Migrants and Refugees, and the Environment primarily at the United Nations.

“Together we can create a world where Women and Children who live in extreme poverty will be empowered to achieve a better quality of life”. ~ UNANIMA International.

See  https://unanima-international.org/woman-of-courage/

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