Latin America - for peace, justice and strong institutions

8/26/2017

In 2015, the United Nations were finishing a first 15-year plan program, the “Millennium Development goals” and were adopting another one towards 2030: the sustainable development goals.

Goal #16 is to “promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies. The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development aims at the transformation of our world. “For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you”, according to the United Nations web site.

Are Oblates (OMMI) participating in achieving these goals?

Of course, they do! How? María C., a missionary from Dominican Republic, came up with news in this sense. She is volunteering to the Ascala organization which helps people registering for a pension and answers requests concerning labour law. One of Ascala’s lawyers has participated in a continental meeting in Argentina in order to exchange about legal empowerment experiences. Organizations that were gathered by the Latin America Network of legal empowerment have publicly expressed themselves by a statement on June 24th, 2017.

They have concluded that a lot of communities have a limited access to justice because of the deep structural inequalities and geographic, symbolic, economic, linguistic, cultural, institutional development and design barriers. To change this situation, they are urging the States, the regional organizations of the international community and the private sector to contribute in many ways. They are also committed to work with the persons and their communities in order that they become aware of their rights; and to undertake campaigns and advocate the implantation and fairer policies and practices.

Here is the address to support this statement: community@namati.org