The Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of Charity of Australia have joined to become a single member of UNANIMA International.
UNANIMA International is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with consultative status at the United Nations (UN). It commenced officially as a non-profit incorporated in the state of New York on 14 June 2002. The name merges three concepts: anima, a feminine life principle of healing, caring, and nurturing; UN, as UNANIMA International does its work at the United Nations; and UNANIMA, derived from the word unanimous, because the member Congregations work together with one mind, heart, and spirit.
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) are legally constituted organizations that operate independently from any government, typically in pursuit of humanitarian goals. NGOs have been active at the United Nations since its founding in 1945. Their existence and role are actually defined in Chapter 10 of the United Nations Charter.
One United Nations commission, the Commission on the Status of Women, says on its website that “Active participation of NGOs is a central element in the work of the CSW. NGOs have been influential in shaping the current global policy framework on women’s empowerment and gender equality…They play an important role in holding international and national leaders accountable for the commitments they make.” NGOs also provide a way for “grassroots” people and groups to influence United Nations policies and documents.
In an address delivered to the United Nations, Pope John Paul II referred to NGOs as “the conscience of the UN.”
UNANIMA International is a non-governmental organization (NGO) advocating on behalf of women and children (particularly those living in poverty), immigrants and refugees, and the environment. Its work takes place primarily at the United Nations headquarters in New York, where UNANIMA International and other members of civil society aim to educate and influence policymakers at the global level. In solidarity, UI works for systemic change to achieve a more just world.
On the ground, UNANIMA International’s unique membership consists of 17 congregations of Catholic sisters whose 17,500 constituents work on all continents, in 72 countries. UNANIMA International brings their voices, concerns, and experiences as educators, health care providers, social workers, and development workers to the United Nations.