International Justice Peace Office

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Our Commitment

"At our Congregational Chapter, we shared dreams, diverse experiences, prayer, reflection and dialogue.  These impelled us to recognize our interconnectedness with the whole of creation, and to respond with ever greater urgency to the cry of people and the planet, seeing to realize the rights of all and to achieve gender equality.  We committed ourselves to clear strategic plans, best ministry practices, monitoring, evaluation and accountability  - Adapted from 30th Congregational Chapter Direction Statement June 2015.

"We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet.  We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world unto a sustainable and resilient path.  As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind."   Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Presentation by Sr Winifred Doherty to international Symposium on 29 January 2019

Winifred's presentation was offered within the context of ‘Financing for Sustainable Development’ from the perspective of ‘Faith-based Perspectives and Moral Imperatives that underpin an Economy of Life.’

Click here - Presentation by Sr Winifred Doherty on Ethical Finances 29 January 2019



'Would the world be a better place....'

'Would the world be a better place if women had more say about the global economy?'  This is how Chris Herlinger begins an interesting article in Global Sisters Report, A Project of National Catholic Reporter 19 February 2019.  He describes an event during the UN's Commission for Social Development.  Sr Winifred Doherty, our Good Shepherd representative at the UN, is quoted, and there is a link to the video recently produced by Good Shepherd International Foundation.


Sr. Cynthia Mathew (Congregation of Jesus) Sr. Winifred Doherty and Bhumika Muchhala, an independent policy analyst and consultant on development economics, global governance and international political economy issues. (GSR photo / Chris Herlinger)

Click here - Women and Earth are 'on the receiving end of patriarchy' when it comes to profit


Sr Winifred Doherty


Sr Winifred Doherty, New York

Ms Cecilie Kern, New York

Ms Barbara O'Carroll, New York

Sr Hedwig Joehl, Geneva






Position Papers 2018

Click here for Congregational Position Papers 2018

on Migration, Economic Justice, Girl Child, Trafficking, Prostitution, Integral Ecology.


Article in 'World Mission' June 2018

'Give us today our daily bread' by Sr Winifred Doherty published in Philippines publication 'World Mission' June 2018 highlights the distinction between food security and food sovereignty.

Click here - Give us Today our Daily Bread


2018 Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

Ms Cecilie Kern

Read a comprehensive article by Chris Herlinger in:  Global Sisters Report, A Project of National Catholic Reporter 18 December 2018

Click here - Sisters, leaders applaud adoption of UN migration compact

Winifredd's Blog

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

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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.



UN Sustainable Development Goals

GSIJPO - UN UN Sustainable Development Goals

17 Goals bring together three pillars of sustainable development:

  • Social
  • Environment
  • Economic.


Values underpinning sustainable development goals:

Redistributive Justice

Economic Justice

Gender Justice

Social Justice

Environmental Justice

Accountability to people.

The Sustainable Development Goals include specific targets and indicators on ending violence against women


1996-2016 Celebrating 20 years NGO status with the UN

On 26 April 2016 the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd celebrated 20 years of Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC of the United Nations (1996-2016).

All communities, agencies and units are invited to join the Good Shepherd International Justice Peace Office (GSIJPO) in celebrating this event throughout the year.



The purpose of this affiliation is to further our mission of reconciliation, particularly in its orientation toward girls and women. Through this means of collaboration we work to bring about change in whatever conditions condemn others to a marginalized life. Through our affiliation with the goals of the UN, we seek to extend mercy to the poor and to the oppressed, awakening our world to the dignity and value of each person. 



  • Geneva

  • New York

  • Vienna


For more information on the International Justice Peace Office, click here:


Click here to see the overview of the role and work of GSIJPO - 2015 Report by GSIJPO to Congregational Chapter


Click here to see the office teams