15-19 October 2018 - GSIF Regional Meeting in Sri Lanka

Good Shepherd International Foundation (GSIF) Regional Meeting 

A regional meeting of 32 representatives from Good Shepherd units across Asia Pacific will be held 15-19 October in Serene Pastures, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

This first GSIF Regional meeting brings together Asia Pacific mission partners to learn more about the work of the Good Shepherd International Foundation (GSIF), and the GSIF has the opportunity to introduce its work to the units of Asia Pacific for greater collaboration and mission effectiveness. 

The meeting will explore the Strategic Plan of the GSIF which covers three “pillars”:  Enhanced Capacity; Increased and Diversified Funding; and Strengthened Cooperation. 

Click here for the Theory of Change framework - Theory of Change framework

Watch the website for more information.....



11 October 2018 - International Year of the Girl


The United Nations International Day of the Girl supports more opportunity for girls, and increases awareness of inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender. This inequality includes areas such as access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence and unfree child marriage.

This year marks the seventh anniversary of the International Day of the Girl.  It calls us to work alongside all girls to expand existing learning opportunities, chart new pathways and challenge the global community to rethink how to prepare girls for a successful transition into the world of work. 

In 72 countries around the world Good Shepherd communities and organisations are partnering with others in developing and operating creative programmes and projects which prepare young women for work.


Prayer for the Girl Child

Click here - 2018 Prayer for the Girl Child

Join the Day of the Girl Summit 2018

11 Days of Action 30 September - 11 October 2018

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2018 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70

Launch of year long campaign International Day for Human Rights

On Human Rights Day,10 December 2017, a year-long campaign was launched to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This milestone document proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

While its promise is yet to be fully realized, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.

The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.  


  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all.

  • Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day.

  • Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values.

  • Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace.

  • Whenever and wherever humanity's values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk.

  • We need to stand up for our rights and those of others.



13 July 2018 - Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

.........Ms Cecilie Kern, GSIJPO.........

We have a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Good Shepherd International Justice Peace Office (GSIJPO) contributed to the long process of developing this Global Compact to establish a contemporary framework for Migration.  It rests on the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and human rights charters including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  

Cecilie Kern is the GSIJPO staff member who has engaged and advocated the Good Shepherd position through the whole process together with other NGO's including the NGO Committee on Migration.

The Global Compact will be presented for endorsement to Heads of States in Morocco 10-11 December 2018.

Winifredd's Blog

Winifredd's Blog, below, will guide you to the links describing the initiative and its importance.  

Click here - We have a ‘Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.’ Friday, July 13




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Some other key dates to save in your calendars

March 8 - International Women's Day (IWD)

April 22 - International Mother Earth Day

April 24 - Feastday of St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

May 26 - June 24 - Ramadan (varies)

June 5 - World Environment Day

June 14 - 20 - Refugee Week

June 20 - World Refugee Day

June 24 - Good Shepherd Day (Australia)

July 22 - Good Shepherd Day (Aotearoa/New Zealand) 

July 30 - World Day against Trafficking in Persons

August 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

August 19 - Feastday of St John Eudes

September 1 - World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

September 21 - International Day of Peace

October 11 - International Day of the Girl Child

October 17 - International Day for the Elimination of Poverty

November 2 - All Souls Day

November 11 - Diwali festival

November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25 - 10 Dec - 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

December 2 - International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 5 - International Volunteer Day

December 10 - Human Rights Day