Would the world be a better place if women had more say about the global economy? It's a question posed regularly when sisters and representatives of nongovernmental organizations gather at the United Nations and discuss how best to tackle the challenges of global poverty and gender inequality, such as during the recent meetings of U.N.'s Commission for Social Development and Commission on the Status of Women.
My experience with the "People of Faith Root Causes Pilgrimage to Honduras" delegation was memorable. One plea from groups and individuals was that we persuade our government not to send aid to Honduras because it is used by the government, its army and police forces to oppress the people. They said that the ordinary poor people, 60% of the population, never see aid from the U.S.
Sr. Ruth Schönenberger spoke with GSR about gender equality in the Catholic Church. Regarding women's ordination, Schönenberger said, "I do not understand the reasons against it. I am surprised that the presence of Christ is reduced to being a man."
Residents of a Boston rooming house run by an order of Catholic nuns earned a short-term victory last week when the owners agreed to suspend eviction proceedings against the few older women left in the building, pending a state inquiry into allegations of age discrimination.
This year's convocation of the Justice Conference of Women Religious focused on systemic racism operating invisibly and insidiously — including, leaders said, in virtually all of the religious congregations that proclaim justice as their mission.
As president of CORREF, the French conference of men and women religious, Dominican Sr. Véronique Margron is drawing attention to sexual abuse in the church and its causes, and urging congregations to listen to victims and take action.
Opening CLAR's annual gathering in Santiago, Chile, two representatives from Chile's religious conference contextualized their country's clergy sex abuse scandal for their fellow men and women religious.
Horizons - The cross is an intersection of powerlessness and power. I wonder if there will ever be a day when every white Christian will imitate Jesus and fearlessly avoid the temptation to protect their own power.
With recommendations that "pave the way for governments to engage and invest differently," the March 11-22 U.N. Commission on the Status of Women affirmed support for social protections that help in global efforts to end gender discrimination.
In 2018, the Ministry of Public Security estimates that 1,579 children in Vietnam were victims of sexual abuse, rape, murder, violence or trafficking. In Hue City, the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception are helping child workers — who sell snacks or fruit, labor in construction or do other low-paid work out of necessity for caring for their families — learn about their rights and also how to protect themselves from harassment, trafficking and abuse.
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