Sister Margaret Cafferty Development
of People Award
Women's Justice Circles have been awarded the 2012 Sister Margaret Cafferty Development of People Award at the U.S. Bishops Conference Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C.
Giselle Cárcamo (Justice for Women Coordinator) and Sister Linda Haydock, SNJM (IPJC Executive Director) traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept the award with two of Women's Justice Circle leaders, Maria Villagrana and Imelda Vera.
The Cafferty award is given to an individual or group involved in developing innovative strategies to accompanying poor and low income persons as they struggle to improve their situation and to change the structures.
The award is named in memory of the late Presentation Sister who served as Executive Director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and a member of the Catholic Bishops’ Committee for CCHD. It honors an individual or group who exemplifies a commitment to the development of people and the elimination of poverty. Recipients of this award have made significant contributions to human development and have offered heroic responses to the needs of the economically disadvantaged.
The Women's Justice Circles received the award in recognition of Justice for Women grassroots organizing that takes place in 42 cities in Washington and in Oregon, Peru and El Salvador with partnerships, networks and/or circle sites with 55 Catholic parishes.
"The Circle has given me the strength to speak truth to power, to recognize my value and dignity as woman and to advocate for the rights of my community," said Justice Circle leader Imelda Vera at the award presentation.
"I invite you all to check us out and find opportunities for partnership," said Justice for Women Coordinator Giselle Cárcamo at the awards ceremony. "We can help to start a Justice Circle anywhere. All we need is people like you, people who want to build a more inclusive community, people who want to bring about significant human development and social change"
Congratulations to all the participants, organizers and leaders of Women's Justice Circles, past, present and future!
Watch the video about Women's Justice Circles that was shown at the awards dinner on Sunday, February 12th: