International Women's Day 2020

I am Generation Equality:  Realizing Women's Rights

The Generation Equality campaign brings together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and country, to drive actions that will create the gender-equal world we all deserve.

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Central East India

“I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights”.

International Women’s Day was observed in Amaravathi city (Andhra Pradesh State in India) for the 26th consecutive year to celebrate womanhood, their achievements and promote their rights, using the theme of this year's theme for International Women's Day (8 March).

At the Good Shepherd Campus, Amaravathi, more than 450 women, adolescent girls and Lay Partners in Mission actively participated. The programme was marked by thundering women rights speeches by Women Leaders, Social Activists, Police Officials, Religious Leaders, Songs on Gender Equality and Women Rights, Peace and honouring women achievers.  (Photo above).


Click here for powerful messages and more photos from Amaravathi - IWD 2020 Central East India, Amaravathi




Good Shepherd Services throughout Malaysia celebrated International Women’s Day 2020 #EachforEqual with great fun and creativity.


Kota Kinabalu, Sabah 

On International Women's Day three male staff of Good Shepherd Services spoke to the gathering, acknowledging that there are many ways they can actively play their part in making gender equality a reality.

Kampung Lintuhun, Tambunan, Sabah

On 7 March a celebration was held at Kampung Lintuhun. Coming together as one big Good Shepherd family, the Women Support Group from 17 villages in the Tambunan district gathered to celebrate and appreciate women for their contribution to their families, communities and nation building.  The celebration was made even more meaningful by the presence of their spouses and children.

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Celebrations from 6-8 March, Ipoh

In Ipoh, celebrations at Good Shepherd Services-Community Service Centre began on 6 March and included sharing from two male members of the team about the women in their lives – grandmothers, mothers and teachers – who had been role models in their lives.  On 8 March there was a special celebration to acknowledge and appreciate the contribution of women from the ‘at-risk’ Indian community.

Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Ipoh

The parish Women’s League organized a programme for the 4th consecutive year with speakers, presentations and many and varied activities, followed by shared dinner.  Core team members work hard each year to organize and finance this event through sales of plants, jumble sales, breakfast sales so as to be financially independent .

Click here for full description of all activities, and photos - IWD 2020 in Malaysia



Awareness raising needs to start from the young….

Three Good Shepherd children’s services celebrated IWD in simple yet inspiring, creative and fun ways!

Sister Goretti led awareness raising sessions with Good Shepherd Student Care, Singapore.  After presenting examples showing the importance of women needing to stand up for their rights and dignity,  the children were encouraged to work on a colourful and creative IWD poster.

Ahuva Good Shepherd – Interim Placement & Assessment Centre  Children were invited to join a circle-time sharing, reflecting upon an inspiring and positive female person in the life of each one.  The sharing was personal and insightful.  After the sharing the children made flower-themed craft and appreciation cards for the women they had named.

Girls in Ahuva Good Shepherd-Children’s Home celebrated IWD by being invited to engage in an emotional regulation drill, reflecting and sharing about female persons, both well known public figures as well as women in their own personal lives who inspire them.  Then they were invited to make thank you cards for the women they wished to thank.

Click here for full description of all activities, and photos - IWD 2020 in Singapore


 ‘Any society that fails to harness the energy and creativity of its women is at a huge  disadvantage in the modern world’  Tian Wei

  ‘Gender equality is more than a goal in itself.  It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.’  Kofi Annan