EUROPE/ITALY - Sisters spokespersons for the most marginalized communities to be at the center of the international debate on development

Thursday, 14 July 2022

Rome (Agenzia Fides) - The International Union of Superiors General (UISG) has released the second video of the campaign "New Leaders: Sisters Advocating Globally ", to highlight the commitment to tackling the world’s most pressing development challenges. The message of this video is summarised in its final statement: "We are your Sisters: we are committed to advocating for you and with you, sharing a journey of care for people and for the environment".
As the note from the UISG sent to Fides informs, this month's video features Sisters who are striving to bring the voices of the world’s most marginalised communities into the centre of the development dialogue. As world leaders increasingly become aware of the need for development solutions led by and tailored to the most vulnerable, Sisters are at the forefront of a movement to reshape global conversations around the needs of our most neglected communities.
Sisters Advocating Globally is the name of UISG’s advocacy project, launched in 2020 with support from the Global Solidarity Fund (GSF). Over the past two years, the project has built capacity for Sister-led networks and congregations to expand their focus on advocacy, shifting their approach in development from a primarily needs-based, responsive model to include a search for structural, systemic solutions that engage decision-makers at every level. This is one response to Pope Francis’ appeal for "real change, structural change", as he decries a system "that has imposed a mentality of profit at any price, with no concern for social exclusion or the destruction of nature" (July 10th, 2015). (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 14/7/2022)