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Good Shepherd Sisters IRELAND

A person is of more value than a world

Social Justice

Social Justice incarnated in the person of Jesus the Good Shepherd is our role model.

The core Gospel values of human dignity, human rights and care of the environment is central to our mission.

The Constitutions of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd requires that our commitment to reconciliation demand that we promote justice and peace and that through a faith awareness of having our being in God, we can act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God.

Works of Justice are far reaching where we have a responsibility for developing in ourselves and in our society an international concern for justice.

The Irish Province Social Justice Team is guided by our Constitution and directed by the commitments of the Province Chapter 2008 to focus on “solidarity with the poor and economic justice” and the General Chapter 2009 to “work zealously with women and children, especially those who are trafficked, forced to migrate and oppressed by abject poverty.

We support projects for economic justice, confront unjust systems and take a “corporate stance” when appropriate”.

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Latest Update / November  2013

Pre-Budget 2014 Submission Focus on Prostitution and Human Trafficking.   VIEW PDF

Good Shepherd Sisters Submit Statements to the United Nations.

In February this year the Fifty-First Session of the Commission for Social Development will be convened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The priority theme is "Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all".  Good Shepherd Sisters at International level have submitted a Statement to the Commission. Our Congregation is a non-governmental organization in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.

The Statement can be downloaded here.

Also this year (in March ) the fifty-seventh  session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Priority Theme is the “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls”. Good Shepherd Sisters have also submitted a Statement to this Commission and it can be downloaded here.

Response to Ireland’s Review of Prostitution Legislation.

Minister Alan Shatter, Department of Justice and Equality has initiated a review of Ireland’s prostitution legislation. Good Shepherd Sisters Ireland made a submission.

The submission calls for the partial criminalisation legislative approach as in Sweden where those who buy or facilitate the buying of sexual services are criminalised.

A copy of the submission can be downloaded here.

Submission to the Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality



Statement for Social Development to Economic & Social Council / United Nations (PDF FILE)

CSHF Social Integration Survey Response / Nov 09 (PDF FILE)

Social Integration in Action/ Stories from the Grassroots (PDF FILE)