At the United Nations, we are annoying women!

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Webcast: Catholic Sisters at the UN

Quebec – Canada, Longueuil , July 23 – “At the United Nations, we are annoying women!” So stated Michele Morek, OSU, coordinator, in describing the work of UNANIMA International (UNANIMA) at the UN. “How are we annoying? We tirelessly visit the offices of member states to lobby for the recognition of water and sanitation as human rights. Some States are truly annoyed by this.”

 Her analysis, during the webcast given on July 19th 2014, led to a positive verdict by her audience: the presentation was a great success.

Livestreaming across 4 continents

Sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), this event marked the first experiment in a new technology by the Congregation. It had participants from 4 continents.


Of 186 attendees 65 were on-site participants and 121 were web viewers. All areas of the SNJM Congregation were represented: Canada, United States, Brazil, Peru, Lesotho, plus viewers from France and Italy connected via live-streaming. Many of them interacted through the Facebook forum with questions to the lecturer.

The webcast still available online 
It’s not too late, you can access the English webcast at this address:

A French translation is also available at:

About UNANIMA International

UNANIMA is a coalition of 19 congregations of Roman Catholic Sisters which advocates at the UN for the improvement of the economic and social conditions of all peoples. Its members carry out various humanitarian projects on all continents. Through UNANIMA, marginalized persons are brought to the UN and given access to participation in intergovernmental policy debates. The UNANIMA offices are conveniently located in New York, near the United Nations Headquarters.

About the SNJMs

A founding member of UNANIMA, the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary is an international institute of Catholic women religious, with affiliated associates and lay consecrated women. Founded in 1843 in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, the congregation carries out its mission of education North and South America and Africa.