Equality

Panama: Catholic sister considers dam a violation of indigenous people's right to religion

A set of mysterious petroglyphs lie at the heart of the indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé religion and written language — and those petroglyphs now lie at the bottom of a stagnant, foul-smelling reservoir. The flooding caused by the Barro Blanco hydroelectric project nearly three years ago constitutes an ongoing violation of their religious and cultural rights, say Ngäbe-Buglé leaders, in addition to causing widespread damage to orchards, farmland and fishing that the communities depended on for food and livelihood. Sr. Edia "Tita" López of the Sisters of Mercy agrees.

Catholic sister draws on Marxist ideology to fight for domestic workers

Ever since she was a young teenager, Sr. Clara Pitchai has worked to promote the welfare of domestic workers in India — an interest that prompted her to become a card-carrying member of the Communist Party for 14 years. The Oblate Missionaries of Mary Immaculate sister is now leader of a 5,000-member union, educating domestic workers on social justice and conducting leadership training programs.

Q & A with Sr. Cynthia Mathew, who sheds light on India's Dalit at the UN

Sr. Cynthia Mathew had battled India's oppressive caste system in Bihar state for years before going to New York to work in the United Nations. The member of the Congregation of Jesus continues her fight for justice for Dalit. Since 2017, Mathew has been working toward innovative thinking on sustainable development with the Loreto Sisters, who have U.N. Economic and Social Council accreditation. 

Dominican sisters educate struggling child laborers in Vietnam slums

Life for children whose parents migrate to Vietnam's capital to make a living re-selling leftover produce, fish and plastic bags usually does not include formal education, but since 2010, the Dominican Missionary Sisters of Phu Cuong have been helping some attain literacy and move on to public schools. Their Binh An (Peace) Development Center in Ho Chi Minh City currently provides free education for 316 children, ages 5 to 15.