Grievance Cell Empowers Nuns

Posted by Ava Culver

January 30, 2024

Sisters Leena Padam, Mukta Marandi, and Ringemit Lepcha participated in the ToT program on “Grievance Redressal Cell” in Kolkata at Dhyan Ashram from Jan. 19-21, 2024, organized by the “Conference of Religious Women India.” There were 46 Religious Nuns from Andamans, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur, Himachal Pradesh, Gujrat, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.

The training aimed to educate and empower religious women on the “Grievance Redressal Cell.” This training was launched in Dec. 2022 by the Conference of Religious Women India. The program highlighted the critical document by Pope Francis, “Motu Proprio,” which talks about the Child Protection Policy, PoSH (Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal Act, 2013) and POCSO (the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012).

The participants ardently dealt with the book “It’s High Time,” released by CRI women. The book speaks on gender justice in the Indian Church. The cell was created in response to nuns’ demand for a space to redress their grievances.

We had highly qualified, experienced resource persons: Sister Elsa Muttathu, IPVM, CRI national secretary; Sister Mary Scaria SCJM, the Supreme Court lawyer; Sister Rushila Rebello DHM, a Motivational Trainer also the High Court lawyer, and Amita Joseph, a lay woman lawyer. They were apt for their deliverance throughout the program, and all four are members of the “Grievance Redressal Cell.”

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