The sexual violence survivor’s letter titled “Abuse: a survivor’s view” refers. It takes courage for survivors of gender-based violence and Church abuse to speak out, to break their silence. They become official whistleblowers who expose those who have violated the bodily integrity of another; those who disrespect the human dignity of others.
Category: Women and the Church
A person who was ahead of his time was St John Paul II. In 1995, he wrote a letter to women of the world, still available on the Vatican website. In that letter, he said, “Unfortunately, we are heirs to a history which has conditioned us to a remarkable extent. … Women’s dignity has often been unacknowledged and their prerogatives misrepresented; they have often been relegated to the margins of society and even reduced to servitude.”
The Justice and Peace Commission (J&P) of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference has partnered with UN Women through its HeForShe campaign and is working with J&P activists from various dioceses to take a stand against women abuse.
The Justice & Peace Department of the archdiocese of Cape Town will be hosting an anti-domestic violence workshop on December 9 as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign.
Campaigns like the 16 Days of No Violence and #MeToo are good for telling the story of abuse and raising awareness — but there is an urgent need to go beyond words and put in place effective action, such as funding shelters, argues Colleen Constable.
The Catholic Women’s Association (CWA) in Botswana celebrated its 21st anniversary at its 15th annual conference at Ave Maria Pastoral Centre in Gaborone.
Pope Francis named a bioethics expert and a seasoned canon lawyer, both women, as undersecretaries of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life.
Durban archdiocese’s Justice & Peace Commission hosted a large women’s conference. Participants came from different parishes across the archdiocese, including a women’s-issues group from Pietermaritzburg. The conference was attended by 100 women in total, with ages ranging from 21 to 70.
The newly-formed Holistic Women’s Group at St Mary Magdalene parish in Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, had its first awareness talk on substance and alcohol abuse.
The Durban parish of Christ the King in Wentworth has started a new ministry called My Sister’s Keeper.
One of the highest-ranking women in the police is celebrating 35 years in the force this year. As a Catholic, she says her faith keeps her humble and inspires her to do acts of mercy. Erin Carelse spoke to Major-General Victoria Mekute.
After three years in Pretoria, the national council of the Catholic Women’s League in Southern Africa will be based in Johannesburg after the election of Bernice Cocci as the new president.