UN Headquarters, New York, March 13 – 24, 2017 - The occasion of the two-weeks United Nations’ annual Commission on the Status of Women during the month of March provides Sr. Margaret Mayce, OP, DSC–DSI Representative at the UN) with a unique opportunity to invite Sisters from the continental regions of DSI to share in her mission at the UN and to participate in the sessions of the Commission.

Since 2013, Dominican Sisters from each of the continental areas of DSI have participated in the formal sessions of the Commission and its side events. The time they spend together in New York is also an opportunity to grow in their appreciation of the Justice & Peace mission Dominican Family and the plight of women and girls in the various parts of the world where our Sisters live and are engaged in the mission.

This year, the focus is upon women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work and the challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session)

Participants of 2017

Srs. Juliana Idoko, OP & Clementina Oti, OP of Nigeria representing the Continent of African

Srs. Judy Morris, OP & Sr. Margaret Hillary, OP of USA representing the Continent of North America

Sr. Rukhsana Yaqoob, OP of Pakistan & Sr. Emmanuel Yen Do, OP of Vietnam representing the Continent of Asia-Pacific

Sr. Laura Ines Nino Martinez, OP of Colombia & Sr. Helena Im, OP of Mexico representing the Continent of Latin America & the Caribbean.                              

Sr. Helen Mary Harmey, OP of Ireland representing the Continent of Europe

The following is a brief reflection that sets the tone for the Sisters’ experience together:

 Icon “Mirroforas” :  (https://eukleria.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/las-mirroforas/#more-3003) 

Icon “Mirroforas” :  (https://eukleria.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/las-mirroforas/#more-3003)

"It is no secret that we live dark times and that we frequently feel perplexed and discouraged. Perhaps we can learn from the women who went to the tomb on Easter morning bearing perfume, something of their ability to cope with whatever may come our way with wisdom and courage.

First, we encounter some women who are "mirróforas", i.e., those who carry perfumes, who rise early to go and anoint the body of Jesus. The allusion to the "first day" and "sunrise" accompany his appearance in a scene submerged in a universe of new meanings: we are at the beginning of the new creation and the light of the Risen One wraps them in its glow. They are aware of the size of the stone and their inability to move it, but that is not an obstacle in their determination to go to anoint the body of Jesus ".      (Cf. Dolores Aleixadre)

The invitation for us is to share our gifts, our anxieties and our hopes – just as the women who went to anoint the body of Jesus. These women, sharing the little they had, expected to find death; but instead, they encountered new life. During our days together, we will learn of the harsh reality faced by women and girls throughout our world. But we will also hear stories of hope and of great courage. We will, in some way, experience a sense of resurrection, in the midst of darkness. And we will also experience a great sense of solidarity with women throughout the world – because in some way, we all share the same reality.