Discovering a little piece of Africa and getting to know our Senegalese friends, who are particularly welcoming, was a great adventure for me:
a colourful Africa, with cheerful women singing and dancing, and festive Masses that surprise and astonish us Europeans.
The protection of nature is an important issue, and women are taking actions to organise garbage collection. A speaker shared with us her concern about the dyeing of African fabrics, which are very colourful and beautiful, but whose manufacture requires the use of highly toxic products. We must be aware of our daily actions that have great consequences for our planet.
I think this is one of the most important moments I have ever lived, since I was introduced to a reality that I had not considered as a consumer, that is to say, that each one of our actions, even thousands of kilometres from home, are destroying this earth that God has entrusted to us.
These meetings are always important moments in which the will of women is expressed; brave, daring, combative, peaceful women, without whom the world would be even more ruthless.
For the next four years, we can see that the selected themes are in line with the sensitivity of the women all over the world, regardless of their culture or traditions.
For eight days, we exchanged, shared, discovered, laughed, prayed, sang, accepted differences and opened up to others: another experience that I will not forget.
WUCWO's International Representative at the Council of Europe