A renewal and recovery … more Merton

 

I feel a sense of renewal in my body, mind and spirit. It is a week of spiritual significance for me and many others – Holy Week and Passover. The spiritual significance causes me to pause, to go within. I sense an awakening, a recovery of creativity. As I meditate on the spiritual significance of this week, I feel the love of God more powerfully than ever.

Watching The Sunrise

May everyone, in every corner of the world, know love. Once we know love, we can’t help but share love. In sharing love, we are our best selves. We are renewed.

 

There is in us an instinct for newness, for renewal, for a liberation of creative power. We seek to awaken in ourselves a force which really changes our lives from within. And yet the same instinct tells us that this change is a recovery of that which is deepest, most original, most personal in ourselves. To be born again is not to become somebody else, but to become ourselves. – from “Christian Humanism” in Love and Living, Thomas Merton

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Make it happen — 2015 International Women’s Day

This is still relevant in 2017. Remember, #BeBoldForChange.

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2015: Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity:
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“To be truly transformative, the post-2015 development agenda must prioritize gender equality and women’s empowerment. makeithappenThe world will never realize 100 per cent of its goals if 50 per cent of its people cannot realize their full potential. ”

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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Day for Girls — Oct. 11

In a time when too many people still see girls and women as objects or possessions, let us strive to educate humanity to see each girl as a human being who has aptitude, capability and sensibility. Let us make a better place for our daughters, granddaughters, nieces and friends to become full, contributing members of this global community.

— Tanya Goodman

 

On 22 April 2015, children in classroom at the opening of a new education centre for Syrian children in Kahramanmaras. The UNICEF-supported education centre was built in partnership with the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and the Ministry of National Education, with financial support from the European Commission.

On 22 April 2015, children in classroom at the opening of a new education centre for Syrian children in Kahramanmaras. The UNICEF-supported education centre was built in partnership with the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and the Ministry of National Education, with financial support from the European Commission.

Secretary-General’s Message for 2016

 

The theme of this year’s International Day of the Girl is based on the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. The slogan is: Girls’ Progress equals Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls.

The well-being, human rights and empowerment of the world’s 1.1 billion girls are central to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. When we agreed on that agenda, we promised girls quality education and health services.

We committed to ending discrimination and violence against girls, and harmful practices like child marriage. We pledged to leave no one behind.
Too often, in villages, shanty towns and refugee camps around the world, girls are the ones left behind: without nutritious food, healthcare or quality education, and at risk of sexual violence.

Investing in girls is both the right thing to do, and the smart thing to do. It has a powerful ripple effect across all areas of development, and reaches forward to future generations.
But what cannot be measured cannot be managed. If we do not gather the data we need, we will never know if we are delivering on our promises.

We need to make sure that our initiatives are reaching all girls: girls in extreme poverty; girls in isolated rural areas; girls living with disabilities; girls in indigenous communities; girls who are refugees or displaced within their own countries.

Timely, high-quality data is vital so that we know where we are meeting our promises, and where we are falling behind. Let us all work hard to make sure we count all girls, because all girls count.

Ban Ki-moon

 

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