Perhaps the signs of the times in our world of rapid change call for a radical revisioning of religious formation. Prophetic voices call sisters to read these signs and follow in the footsteps of Jesus, the prophet.
When a class required me to choose an important issue and then design a teaching project around it, I chose domestic violence. I find women struggling with this issue often in my counseling work because of its great prevalence in Tanzania.
Participants called the 65th U.N. Commission on the Status of Women a success, with an estimated 25,000 people worldwide joining two weeks of online meetings. But they also noted a sense of impatience with the pace of progress.
The combination of economic and social stresses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as restrictions on movement, have severely increased the number of women and girls facing abuse in almost all countries. Sisters are counseling couples and advocating for change.
Hundreds of women in Kenya are benefiting from a project of the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco. In Dagoreti, the project provides microloans to help women start small businesses in order to provide for their children.
At the six houses of Sanjoepuram Children's Village in Chandpur, India, 17 nuns from four congregations serve 64 girls and women with disabilities, in one of the few institutions that offer inclusive education.