NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)

The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) have developed commited connections with international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused on justice, peace and development.

UNANIMA International

A non-governmental organization (NGO), UNANIMA International defends the interests of women and children (especially those living in poverty), immigrants, refugees and the environment. The work is carried out mainly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, where, with the support of members of civil society, advocacy is conducted to influence decision-makers at the global level.

The organization brings together 20 Catholic women’s religious congregations working in more than 80 countries. The organization contributes to bringing the voices, concerns and experiences of all members in the area of ​​education, health care, social work and development to the United Nations. This work in solidarity with civil society aims at systemic change to create a more just world.

Development and Peace

“Acting for a Just World” is the vision of this official international solidarity organization of the Catholic Church in Canada and a Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis. Development and Peace, founded in 1967 by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), supported some 15,200 local initiatives related to education, agriculture, community action, human rights advocacy and consolidation of peace in 70 countries.

Its mission is to support partners in the South to put forward various alternatives to unfair social, political and economic structures and to sensitize the Canadian public to the causes of the impoverishment of the peoples by aiming to mobilize them through actions of change. The organization is concerned about the situation of women in their quest for social and economic justice. It joins forces with groups advocating social change in the struggle for human dignity.