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Suffering and Resilience - International Women's Day 2022

Here you can find extracts from some of the articles found in Women's Voice latest issue.


EDITORIAL, Virginia Rivero Lozada

This issue celebrates International Women's Day - March 2022, with the theme:

"Suffering and resilience"

Resilience is the ability of human beings to overcome the adversities of their existence: it requires flexibility, adaptability, endurance, strength and robustness. Resilience is not a condition of an individual being who overcomes problems individually and in solitude. Resilience is generated by joining with others, building support networks, strengthening existing networks and working together as an unbreakable chain. [...]

WUCWO seeks unity and the strength that comes from unity; it seeks to unite the Catholic women of the world, join hands to evangelise and work for peace, justice and solidarity in our communities, regions and the world as a whole. WUCWO’s story is one of resilience in action. These intertwined hands come together and give strength, resist, act and move forward. [...]

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[...] WUCWO aims to listen to, in order to welcome properly, the voices of women in each region, to disseminate - within the Church and society - the experiences lived, and to act, together with other agents of change, to find solutions to the suffering that women have to endure at family, educational, economic and ecological levels, and to the violence and discrimination that already existed before but which have been exacerbated by this global emergency. This is the main reason why we have founded, on an experimental basis, the World Women Observatory (WWO) in 2021, as a pastoral action that will help us to grow in the style of the Gospel. [...]

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"'WALKING TOGETHER' AS CATHOLIC WOMEN", Maribeth Stewart Blogoslawski

At the Fall meeting of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to which I was invited to represent WUCWO, we were treated to a beautiful address given by the Apostolic Nuncio to the USA, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, who spoke about the importance of synodality in facing the challenges confronting the nation and the Church. The following are some thoughts concerning the relationship between synodality and women that came to me as I thought about the Nuncio’s words.

‘Walking together’ for women normally includes talking with each other as we progress forward to our common destination. As women, we share stories of our lives, children, work, hopes, and dreams when we meet to journey, for a path taken together is always more enjoyable and interesting than walking alone. We learn new thoughts from each other, speak together of them, think and pray about them, and then agree whether they are good or not desirable. [...]

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On 11 November 2021, at the 41st General Conference, UNESCO included Saint Thérèse of Lisieux in its list of personalities to be commemorated in its 2022-2023 biennium. [...]

The National Shrine of Lisieux, supported by France, Belgium and Italy, proposed adding the name of St Thérèse of Lisieux to the list of anniversaries to be presented by UNESCO in 2022-2023. The nomination of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux in November 2020 echoed the celebration of the 150th anniversary of her birth (2/01/1873 - 30/09/1897) as a representative of Peace, Education and Culture. [...]

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Women all the world often times undergo challenges like violence most especially violence in family setting. The phenomenon of violence in the family (domestic violence, DV and intimate partner violence, IPV) is a common one more often affecting women: violence against women is global public health problem that besets approximately one third of women globally (Elbsberg et al., 2008; Rees et al., 2011; WHO, 2013). [...]

The link between social problems, such as violence against women and girls, and the resilience of communities to disasters or environmental crises is not obvious. Yet the consequences of everyday violence – that is, violence that is not necessarily perpetrated in wartime and by combatants – has a noticeable effect on the physical and psychosocial health of those who are violated and their abilities to carry out their livelihoods independently. (Koester et al., 2016). [...]

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“HELD WITH LOVE”, Bina Stanis

I came here years ago at that time I was new to the reality of coalmining. Living with Kalista Soren a young Santhal woman and a nurse in a little mud house that also served as our first health center for the Santhals here I visited the Santhal villages that were situated in the most beautiful spots of natural beauty. I got lost in the forests, the waterfalls, rivers and streams and I didn’t realize how the years went by.

Matio Tudu was married to Gomilal Murmu who was the village Naeke (Priest) in Lopongtandi village where we lived; she introduced me to rural life in this part of Ramgarh District, Jharkhand, India. [...]

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“DAY OF REFLECTION”, Anne Lumb and Karen Saunders

Once again, the CWL Wellington Archdiocesan Council organised their Day of Reflection, open to all parishioners from the Archdiocese and those attending had to be fully vaccinated. At the time, Wellington was in level 2 of our COVID-19 Alert System – Level 4 is lockdown and we experienced that again, earlier in the year. 40 people attended, which we thought was a surprisingly good number, given the conditions and there were also extra parishioners attending who were not Catholic Women’s League members. [...]

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“A STAR IS BORN IN CUBA”, Edelma T. Acosta Hernández

María de los Angeles lives in a place called El Brujo, in the Diocese of Pinar del Río.

It is an enchanting place, with its mountains, green vegetation, tall palm trees, streams flowing...

That is where María de los Angeles Domínguez was born and lives. Just as this environment gives us a closer look at the splendour of God's creation, she is like this too, simple, noble, impressive, joyful. How much this stoic Cuban has carried on her shoulders! Only three years ago she had no electricity in her home, had almost nothing, scratched the soil to survive. Every Sunday, she walks 25 kilometres together with her sister Lola, another distinguished Cuban who died in the middle of the Covid pandemic, who also left a deep mark on this Cuban land. [...]

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