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Let us go forward! Celebrating and walking with WUCWO

Here you can find extracts from some of the articles found in Women's Voice latest issue.

 

EDITORIAL, Virginia Rivero Lozada

It is with joy that I present to you a very special magazine, which - together with the previous issue - commemorates the 110th anniversary of WUCWO:

LET US GO FORWARD!
CELEBRATING AND WALKING WITH WUCWO

These pages culminate the anniversary year and are valuable and significant evidence of the importance of WUCWO and its organisations. All the articles bear witness to lives, activities, talents and expressions of women's genius. Even in the worst situations, they are able to build the civilisation of love in their everyday lives, bringing hope, helping the needy, fighting illness, anguish, fear, sadness, discouragement, passivity and weariness. They have not stopped, they are moving forward! [...]

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MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT GENERAL, María Lía Zervino, Servidora

WUCWO's current stretch could be called: In the footsteps of Francis. In other words, we are following the paths that the Holy Spirit is pointing out to Christians, and thus to WUCWO, in this period of world and Church history. Let us take a broad outline of how the year 2021 has unfolded, as we are at a difficult global crossroads.

At present, we can recognise three main lines of action in the pontificate, in which the resolutions of our General Assembly in Dakar are interwoven: integral human ecology; synodality within the Church; human fraternity for all humanity. We have taken advantage of the pandemic to learn to pray together and to form ourselves on these and other issues using virtual platforms: this has truly benefited us. [...]

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"WORLD OBSERVATORY ON WOMEN", Mónica Santamarina Noriega

Great news! After years of consultations, exploration and deliberations, the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO) decided to start the experimental phase of a World Observatory on Women (WOW).

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The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development supports and advises us in this initiative. The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has encouraged us as well. The road is long, and the project will require networks and alliances with research centres and Catholic universities on different continents, but we are convinced that it is worth trying! Thanks to the alliance with the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM, Conferencia Episcopal Latinoamericana), and through its Department of Knowledge Management and its Pastoral Socioanthropological Observatory, we have already started the test phase in Latin America and the Caribbean. [...]

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“WUCWO IS: TO LIVE THE GOSPEL WITH THE EYES OF A WOMAN”, Céfora Contreras de Martínez

Fundemul - Venezuela has been a member of WUCWO since 2000. Before that, it had been an “observer” for several years. I am proud to have belonged to WUCWO for more than 20 years, because this period has contributed to strengthen our values of faith and hope in God. WUCWO has provided us with knowledge on important issues to improve the status of women and it constantly calls us to promote our active presence as Catholic women in the promotion of women's development, the rescue of faith, freedom and fundamental human rights. WUCWO taught us to develop our objectives, always keeping in mind its mission “To promote the presence, participation and co-responsibility of Catholic women in society and in the Church, in order to enable them to fulfil their mission of evangelisation and to work for human development.” WUCWO has been our main source of inspiration to live the Gospel with the eyes of a woman. [...]

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"UK: WALKING WITH WUCWO", Anthonia Amayo

[...] In June 2021, the WUCWO (World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations)Board approved our incorporation as an Associate Member to WUCWO. Now we are awaiting this decision to be ratified in the next General Assembly. The CWO Aberdeen carries out various activities aimed at supporting the parish, parishioners and its members as the need arises. The organisation indirectly supports the homeless & the less privileged through the Holy Family Sisters of the needy religious congregation and St Vincent De Paul who are the primary providers. Additionally, we organise retreats, workshops, fundraising and annual Christmas social gatherings for parishioners.

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We aim to organise at least one event/activity during each quarter of the calendar year. We also hope to participate in WUCWO’s initiatives as much as possible. [...]

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“THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WUCWO AND AFCM”, Marie Joseph Keita

[...] AFCM was an observer member of WUCWO for several years. Then, in March 2001, it became a full member at the General Assembly in Rome. It had a seat in the WUCWO Board in Arlington (USA) during the 2006 General Assembly. Since 2006, AFCM has participated in all WUCWO Board meetings once a year. It has participated in all African sub-regional meetings: Lomé in 2003; Pretoria (South Africa) in 2008; Abuja (Nigeria) in 2012, and Abidjan (Ivory Coast) in 2021. It has also participated in all General Assemblies since 2001, namely: Rome 2001, Arlington (USA) 2006, Jerusalem 2010, Portugal 2014 and Dakar 2018. [...]

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 “MOVE FORWARD!”, Veronica Cross

Many of our sections throughout the land are celebrating their centenaries at this time, so a wonderful time of happiness is at hand. Not only of course the fact that we have been able to celebrate together. We thank God for our founders, we thank God for the Here and Now and with the help of God, we look to the future, embrace the future together with our WUCWO sisters with our same resilliance and tenacity. [...]

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 “WOMEN POWER AT THE SERVICE OF THE POOR”, Juliet Ramamurthy

The ongoing lockdown, in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic, has affected the lives of some of the most vulnerable communities across the country, such as migrant labourers, daily wage earners, waste pickers, single mothers, artisans and sex workers. The health implications of the lockdown were “huge” as families were left with no choice but to starve or walk long distances to get home. Unable to run our projects due to lockdown, we try to reach out to the needy in whatever way we could.

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The CCWL in different parts of India reached out to the vulnerable according to the needs of the place. We visited the homes for mentally challenged women, homes for destitutes, hospice for cancer patients and donated, cash, provisions, like rice, lentils, oils etc. We supported civic authorities by encouraging the use of masks and social distancing when in public places. [...]

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