Originally from India, Celine Paramundayil is the international representative for the Medical Mission Sisters' nongovernmental organization at the United Nations. With degrees in chemistry, nursing, and women's studies, for 10 years she served as coordinator of Gandhipet Women's Collective in South India to empower the Dalit women. She later taught in the school of nursing and served as the assistant program coordinator of Ayushya Center for Healing and Integration. In the U.S. she completed a Women's Leadership Institute under Medical Mission Sr. Dr. Miriam Therese Winter and is now pursuing training in nonviolent communication along with her U.N. responsibilities.
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed deep economic inequality, systemic racism and the destruction of greed. Yet the pandemic also showcased humanity's ability to love and help one another.
Throughout the world, an evil persists: human beings enslaving and abusing other human beings. Among anti-trafficking activists are our Medical Mission Sisters, working for a time when everyone experiences safety and well-being.
The U.N. High-level Political Forum held in July enabled member states to give reviews on their progress in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. Speakers from the grassroots level gave moving testimonies.
During the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Medical Mission Sisters and others discussed the radical reorientation of behavior and beliefs we need to shift to a more inclusive way of being in the world.