Justice Concerns

Medical Mission Sisters believe that justice is integral to healing.  This leads us to look at the world from the perspective of those made poor and from the viewpoint of what is of benefit to them, making choices accordingly. We continue to strive with others of like mind – from the grassroots level to policy-making bodies in local, national and international arenas – to work for justice and the experience of human dignity for all.

As our Society’s ambassador to the United Nations and a member of the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons, Sister Celine Paramundayil had the privilege to meet Nadia Murad on many occasions. A Yazidi native of Iraq, Nadia published a memoir titled “The Last Girl” about surviving three months of being forced into sex slavery by ISIS. Now a human rights activist, she and Activist Denis Mukwege were jointly awarded a Nobel Peace Prize recently for their work to end sexual violence. Sister Celine shares:

“I could see the pain in her eyes and, as I read her book, her story and sufferings touched my heart deeply. Her passion to advocate for victims is highly commendable. God bless her.”

Long known for helping Ethiopians to better health through provision of safe, clean water, our Sister Elaine Kohls shares the joy of a priest, deacon and woman monk at the blessing of an older water site now being used for irrigation.   There are more than 140 tube wells around this area which started as hand-dug wells under the leadership of Sister Elaine.

Reflecting on the active role village women have taken in bettering their community, Sister Elaine shares, “The beginnings and development of the women’s groups have been a very important part of the program. The women, over two thousand now, have taken leadership in many of the aspects of village life, and are confident in their roles in the community and influence what is done.”

Our Sisters continue to work toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030:

*No Poverty
*Zero Hunger
*Good Health and Well-being
*Quality Education
*Empowerment of Women and Girls
*Clean Water and Sanitation 
*Reliable, Sustainable Energy
*Decent Work and Economic Growth
*Resilience Infrastructure
*Reduced Inequalities 
*Safe, Inclusive Cities and Communities
*Responsible Consumption and Production
*Climate Action
*Conservation of Marine Life
*Sustainable Use of Earth’s Ecosystems
*Peaceful, Inclusive, Just Institutions
*Global Partnerships for the Goals