A woman holds a sign as demonstrators gather Sept. 4, 2019, at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town during a protest against gender-based violence. (CNS/Reuters/Sumaya Hisham)
The United Nations calls its 17 Sustainable Development Goals "the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all." With a target of achieving them by 2030, the goals are all interconnected and address the global challenges we face.
Goal 5 is "Gender Equality." As the UN puts it: "Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world."
This series includes stories of sisters on the frontline of fighting for gender equality.
Commentary - July 30 marks the United Nations' World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, a time to raise awareness around human trafficking and amplify efforts to stop it. We shine a light on the work Catholic sisters are doing to address the realities of human trafficking.
From Where I Stand - The 40,000 women at the U.N. Conference on Women 25 years ago in Beijing stood up and said no to invisibility. No to powerlessness. And then they said yes — and listed all the things that needed to be done.
Catholic sisters who represent their congregations at the U.N. say the cancellation of the bulk of the Commission on the Status of Women gathering is understandable but still a setback for women's rights.
Transgender people are who they say they are. I have witnessed their incredible courage and faith in the pursuit of living an authentic life. It is what we call transformation in God, conversion of life.