November 26

Reflection

Yesterday was the UN International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Violence against women takes a dismaying variety of forms. It is perpetuated by societal customs, violent media programs, advertising and economics. In the 21st century violence still affects the lives of millions of women worldwide in all socio-economic and educational classes. It cuts across cultural and religious barriers impeding the right of women to participate fully in society.

Raising awareness of the issue of violence against women, and educating boys and men to view women as equal partners in life, in the development of a society, and in the attainment of peace are just as important as taking legal steps to protect women’s human rights. Ingrained cultural and religious beliefs will make changing attitudes and mentality towards women an ongoing process but it must begin with each of us..

Prayer

May we learn to respect and value each person.

Action 

Honestly examine your real belief about the equality of women and men. If you are a woman, what are your own convictions? Do you allow yourself to be a victim? How do you educate your children in this matter?  Is there discrimination in your home? How can you improve things?

Suggested Readings

There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:28

Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord.
Romans 16:12

In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.
1 Cor 11:11-12 

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women, Mary called Magdalene; Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod’s household: Susanna: and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
Luke 8:1-3

How many times have we permitted a human being to be seen as an object, to be put on show in order to sell a product or to satisfy an immoral desire? The human person ought never to be sold or bought as if he or she were a commodity. Whoever uses human persons in this way and exploits them, even if indirectly, becomes an accomplice of injustice.
Pope Francis

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
Alice Walker  

The truth is that domestic violence and violence against women touch many of us. This violence is not a private matter. Behind closed doors it is shielded and hidden and it only intensifies. It is protected by silence – everyone’s silence. Violence against women is learned. Each of us must examine – and change – the ways in which our own behavior might contribute to, enable, ignore or excuse all such forms of violence. I promise to do so, and to invite other men and allies to do the same.
Patrick Stewart 

One in three women may suffer from abuse and violence in her lifetime. This is an appalling human rights violation, yet it remains one of the invisible and under-recognized pandemics of our time.
Nicole Kidman

It’s not enough for women to speak out on the issue – for the message to be strong and consistent; women’s voices must be backed up by men’s.
Rep. John Conyers, Jr.

People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason why the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used.
Unknown

 

 

 

 

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