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It is an exposure program for us in order to get an idea creating a child friendly environment in the villages.


“Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for gender equality”

International Women’s Day is a day to reflect on the progress women have made and to celebrate their courage and determination in fighting for their rights. It is also a day to recognize the challenges women around the world still face today- a reminder that equality for all women and girls remains a goal we must achieve.

In 2015, countries all over the world agreed on the need for comprehensive financing for development and thus adopted new sustainable development goals (SDGs)  built on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) drafted in 2000. The new sustainable development goals aim to complete what the MDGs did not achieve, and go much further, addressing the root causes of poverty and inequality and the universal need for the development that work for all people.  The new agenda was based on 17 goals which aimed to end poverty by 2030.

The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030:Step it up for gender equality”.  If we are to achieve the global goals by 2030 we must start by empowering women and girls. Goals that work for women and girls are goals that will work for the world.

Good Shepherd Justice Peace Committee of the Province of Sri Lanka/Pakistan , organized Women’s Day Celebration in different parts of the country-namely, Seeduwa, Kolonnawa, See Street, Madawachchiya, Bloemendhal and Stadiamgama, Henamulla that  belongs to Grandpass  targeting young parents. The main objective of the celebration was to make young mothers aware of the different ways in which they can contribute to reduce violence against women by forming their young children within the family settings. Most of the times we tend to bring up our children with discriminatory practices (treating unfairly) which give the superiority to boy child. This contributes to maintain unhealthy customary practices which block achieving gender equality in our society.   

The participants were able to understand how women, as mothers can inculcate correct attitudes in their children thus contribute towards gender equality.

Programme at Stadiamgama and Henamulla which belong to Grandpass

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 Programme at Seeduwa

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 Programme at Kolonnawa

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Programe in Madawachchiya

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Programe in BLoemendhal

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840In the Province of Sri Lanka/Pakistan as a whole, there are more than one thousand mission partners serving as educationists within our Good Shepherd schools.  We recognize the importance of sharing with them the Charism of the Good Shepherd.  Also to share ways and means of inculcating Good Shepherd values in themselves and in the hearts of our children and parents.

A call went out to teachers coming under the umbrella of Good Shepherd Partnership to join hands with the sisters in deepening and developing the Charism of the Good Shepherd.



The presenters
Two sessions were conducted for teachers serving in our schools in the Colombo Region by resource personnel Sr. Francine Muthugala, Province Leader, Sr. Celinta Fernando, Provincial Councillor and Fr. Darrel Coonge of Supuwath Arana.

The objective
The main objective of these sessions was ‘A Call for Mission Partnership’.

The sessions
The 1st session was at held at St. Bridget’s Convent on 20th April 2015 and was attended by the staff of St. Bridget’s Convent and St. Lawrence’s Convent. The 2nd was at Supuwath Arana on 21st April for the staff of Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena, Good Shepherd Convent, Panadura and Ave Maria Convent, Negombo.

The response
We were happy to note that the participants enjoyed these sessions – they were fully appreciated. It also gave them an opportunity to meet and get to know their colleagues from different Good Shepherd Schools.

A new structure.....
At the conclusion of these sessions a large committee comprising 5 representatives each from the participatory schools was formed. The responsibility of this committee is to co-ordinate the whole group in future activities promoting mission partnership.

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