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Women's Voice

LET US ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATION AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

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

 

EDITORIAL, Virginia Rivero Lozada

The magazine we are presenting today culminates a cycle of four issues dedicated to the Resolutions of the WUCWO General Assembly in Dakar and has as its theme:

LET US ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATION AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.”

Despite the adversity which we suffered due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, these pages are the fruit of the work of WUCWO and tell us a series of exemplary actions and good practices developed by organisations to welcome, accompany, protect and integrate hundreds of thousands of women in their communities who suffer situations of abuse, violence, exclusion and slavery.
The victims of violence are women who are doubly poor, because this situation limits their possibilities of defending their rights, as the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (212) says. [...]

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MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT GENERAL, María Lía Zervino, Servidora

[...] What are some of the “lessons” that we, as WUCWO are learning?

Firstly, we learned that we can aspire to new forms of community prayer. In the three virtual cenacles we held for the WUCWO Day, in communion with the Prayer for Humanity requested by Pope Francis for May 14, with which we inaugurated the celebration of the 110th anniversary of our foundation, the Holy Spirit united us in prayer. We were able to experience that “where two or three meet in my name, I am there among them” (Mt 18:20). We have received requests to organise other moments of spirituality throughout this special anniversary year.

We have learned that virtual training allows women from member organisations [...]

[...] We have also shown the importance of communication for communion. [...]

[...] Moreover, we have been driven to extend our gaze in time. [...]

[...] We have also taken advantage of the quarantine to rethink and update our resolutions. [...]

[...] And we have made visible the riches of the people and organisations that are members of WUCWO. The testimonies that have come to us from actions carried out during this unprecedented and unthinkable tragedy have been published on our networks and some have been transformed into “life stories” in the form of short videos (you can see everything on our website). [...]

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MESSAGE OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL ASSISTANT, Father Gerard Whelan, SJ

[…] I would like to complement these many inspiring accounts with reflections based on a document signed by Pope Francis, along with a senior Muslim leader, at Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, in February 2019: “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”.

This document acknowledges that much authentic human development has occurred throughout the world in recent decades, not least in the realm of overcoming poverty.
However, it also decries the prevalence of war, religious intolerance, terrorism, exploitation and injustice, and damage to the natural environment that seems to be intrinsic to globalisation today. It declares that acknowledging that we are all children of the same God can go a long way to promoting the kind of ethical behaviour that can redirect globalisation and the signatories pledge themselves to promoting such a vision.

In the Abu Dhabi document, the analysis offered of offences against human fraternity includes an account of injustices inflicted on women. [...]

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“WE STAND TOGETHER FOR A BRIGHTER TOMORROW”, Marie Rackley

Violence and discrimination against women is one of the most persistent, widespread and devastating issues in the world today and remains largely unreported due to the stigma and shame surrounding it.

This is a human rights violation for women and girls around the globe.

On January 1, 2020, Pope Francis stated, “The rebirth of humanity began from a woman,” during the Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. “From her, a woman, salvation came forth and thus there is no salvation without a woman,” he said.
“Women are sources of life. Yet they are continually insulted beaten, raped, forced to prostitute themselves and to suppress the life they bear in the womb.”

Pope Francis also stated, “Every form of violence inflicted upon a woman is a blasphemy against God, who was born of a woman. Humanity’s salvation came forth from the body of a woman: we can understand our degree of humanity by how we treat a woman’s body.”

The church supports women and understands that violence must be eliminated from women’s daily lives. Women must step forward in faith to regain their dignity and share this with their children. [...]

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“WOMEN COMMIT TO THE FIGHT AGAINST DISCRIMINATION AND VIOLENCE”, Monique Faye Thiandoum

In this 21st century, marked by the development and evolution of the world in various fields, women continue to suffer within families and in society.

Violence against women and girls persists in many countries. Women’s organisations are joining forces and taking action to denounce these situations that cause much suffering.

This is the case in Senegal, where the struggle is being taken seriously within Catholic women’s organisations, which are raising awareness and joining other civil society structures to lead the struggle together.

This violence often takes the form of physical assault, rape, genital mutilation (excision) and cultural penalties. [...]

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"INJUSTICES AND VICTIMS”, Fadia Hayek

Let’s show a serious ulcer in our societies: the crime of human trafficking, which is the second most serious crime in the world after drug trafficking.

Through force, harassment, or through deception and cunning, people are exploited by forcing them to perform acts that are against the law, such as, child trafficking, forced begging, sexual exploitation, trafficking of organs and forced marriage.

Human trafficking is the challenge to humanity and to the mission of the Church.

In Lebanon, the Pastoral Office for Women - Diocese of Jounieh aims to inform our society by encouraging women to be more present, encouraging them to fulfil their main role as protectors of all forms and dimensions of life.

The Pastoral Office for Women has raised these two great problems by organising specific round tables, inviting specialists, to deal with the issue from the legal and social point of view, in order to clarify concrete solutions. [...]

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“EQUAL DIGNITY BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN”, Carmen González Fernández

Out of concern for the equal dignity of all people and taking into account the seriousness of discrimination and violence against women at the international level, the WUCWO Europe Region decided to adopt Resolution 3 – LET US ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATION AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.

The WUCWO team in Spain has prepared the working material on Let us Eliminate Discrimination and Violence against Women for the groups in our organisations.

With this material, we want to raise awareness, learn about this issue and, above all, seek concrete actions to improve it. […]

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Women's Voice

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Voices from our Member Organisations which are testimony to the commitment of WUCWO´s members on the theme: "Let us eliminate discrimination and violence against women".

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