Research Launch:  The Rights of the Girl

Research Launch: The Rights of the Girl

A Review of Rights Realisation by Girls in Asia Pacific 

"A Good Shepherd Practitioner Understanding of Girls Rights’ Attainment – A Review of Rights Realisation by Girls in Asia Pacific"

Research project was launched at an event held by Zoom on Saturday 31 July 2021.

This research is one of the outcomes of the International Day of the Girl Child 2020 wherein Good Shepherd units in Asia Pacific supported the proposal for a regional research on the rights attainment of the girl child from the perspective of practitioners from Good Shepherd social services as well as school setting.  Practitioners from 15 countries participated in this research.

The launch was hosted / moderated by girls from GS Asia Pacific, namely CE India and Philippines.  Girls from Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines and India also shared their hopes and dreams for their future. 

Video of the Launch event on 31 July 2021

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Research Document

Click hereA Good Shepherd Practitioner Understanding of Girls Rights’ Attainment – A Review of Rights Realisation by Girls in Asia Pacific


Video of Tribute Song

Contribution of St Bridget's Convent, Colombo, Sri Lanka.  This beautiful song was composed and created, practised and filmed according to all the strict pandemic requirements of the health authorities!  A marvellous achievement by Sr Jeewani Martinus, Principal and Priyanthi Seneviratne VanDort, Choral Director and a team of skilled pupils.



'Girls can speak for themselves....' Article in Global Sisters Report

'Girls can speak for themselves and Good Shepherd Sisters are amplifying their voices.'  Article August 18, 2021 in Global Sisters Report, a project of National Catholic Reporter by Sr Joyce Meyer of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Sr Joyce is also a board member of Good Shepherd International Foundation.

Click here -  Global Sisters Report.


Partnership between Good Shepherd International Foundation (GSIF) and Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand (GSANZ)

Theresa Symons

Asia Pacific Regional Manager

Good Shepherd International Foundation Onlus


Ahead of the Generation Equality Forum 30 June - 2 July

Girls Open Letter to World Leaders

Ahead of the Generation Equality Forum taking place in Paris from June 30th to July 2nd, Good Shepherd girls from India and the Philippines engaged in writing an open letter to world leaders with girls from around the world with the support of Good Shepherd International Justice Peace Office. The letter calls out the lack of inclusion of girls in the process and the need for greater accountability to girls. 

Below are links to the letter and a toolkit on how girls can take the letter and use it for their own advocacy. There is also a report from the Conversation Circles that were done in the lead-up to this year's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in which many Good Shepherd people in Asia Pacific were involved.

You are invited to share these resources widely with your networks and use them in your advocacy for girls' rights. 

Click - Conversation Circles Summary Project - The Working Group on Girls

Click - Girls Open Letter to World Leaders

Click - The Working Group on Girls Toolkit


 Alexis Schutz, 

Assistant NGO Representative to the United Nations 


Message of St Mary Euphrasia

“It is up to you to make it possible that those exhausted and lost in the world

should find strength in the shade of this healing tree.”