Historic Women’s March draws Good Shepherd Sisters and Laity

The historic Women’s March on Washington, D.C. galvanized millions of men, women and children across the U.S. and around the world. People from every continent marched in solidarity with the Women’s March on January 21, 2017. Good Shepherd Sisters and Laity were among them, identifying with causes and issues that reflect the charism and lifelong work of Sisters of the Good Shepherd.

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The Director of Good Shepherd National Advocacy Center Larry Couch marched with his daughter Rebecca and granddaughter Audrey.

Global Sisters Report, a project of National Catholic Reporter, began its lead story about the march by stating, “Catholic women made sure their voices were heard among the millions who gathered at marches and rallies in cities and towns across the United States and around the world on January 21 to stand up for women’s rights and send a signal to President Donald Trump the day after his inauguration about a wide range of issues, including immigration reform, health care and religious tolerance.”

Global Sisters Report went on to state that in New York, the Women’s March was an extension of the day-to-day work for the Catholic sisters who represent their congregations at the United Nations.

Sr. Winifred Doherty, the United Nations representative of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, and Sr. Celine Paramunda, the U.N. representative of the Medical Mission Sisters, wore placards proclaiming their commitments to girls’ rights and gender justice, economic justice and climate justice and to girls’ rights.

“These are all interrelated,” Sr. Winifred said, “and achieving them requires a change of consciousness that women can help bring about.”

She said such events are necessary to challenge a male-dominated mindset that makes gender equality elusive and that continues to impoverish many women.

Go to the Global Sisters Report website to read the full story.

To see photos of Women’s Marches and rallies from every continent visit http://nyti.ms/2k73kZK.

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website veganstoryteller.com