Webinar on Good Shepherd Position Papers

Webinar on Good Shepherd Position Papers

A Joint initiative by GSIJPO and AP MDO


The aspiration of the Good Shepherd International Justice Peace Office (GSIJPO) is to have consistent flow of evidence-based information in its advocacy initiatives, bringing the voice of Good Shepherd program participants, especially women and children, to the UN level.

The aspiration of the Good Shepherd International Foundation through the Asia Pacific Mission Development Office is that all Good Shepherd programs and projects reflect good ministry practices based on human rights based approach.   

Hence, it was only natural that both offices got together to jointly plan for a series of webinars based on the Good Shepherd Position Papers 2018 and its application to programs and projects. 


Links to Webinar on the GSIF YouTube

1.  Good Shepherd Position Paper on Migration:


2.  Application of GS Position Paper on Migration to programs/ projects:



Purpose of the Webinars

The purpose of the webinars was to unpack the position papers, leading to a deeper understanding of systemic advocacy and how they can be integrated in Good Shepherd programs.   This is in line with the Congregation’s call for an integrated approach to mission incorporating Spirituality and Justice & Peace with Good Ministry Practices.

The Position Papers

The Position Papers reflect the congregation’s priority areas on Migration, Trafficking, Girl Child, Prostitution, Economic Justice and Integral Ecology.

Six topics over six months

As there are six topics, the webinars will be held over six months – with Sr. Winifred Doherty, the Good Shepherd Main Representative to the United Nations giving the input on each position paper on the last working day of the month and Theresa Symons, the AP MDO Regional Manager sharing on the application to programs / projects on the 15th day of the following month.

Modules and feedback

The first module on Migration was on 30 April 2020 and its application to programs / projects on 15 May 2020.

Both sessions were well attended by more that 50 mission partners from Asia Pacific, mainly those responsible for mission development, program leaders and justice and peace contact persons.  (See photo above and link below.)

These are some feedback from the participants:

  • Winifred unpacked the position paper very well and her responses to the questions were clear.

  • Helped me to better understand the GS Position Paper on migration, gained knowledge on the Global Compact for Migration.

  • Sisters were able to follow the webinar well.

  • A great initiative linking JP with MDO on sharing of resources; strengthening the AP link across the region.

  • The session was interesting and compact… thought provoking, gave us a push to look at our existing services, the gaps and the blocks.

  • Created relationship across the region; it was good to see many familiar faces attend the webinar.

More faces....

Click here - Participants in Webinars