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No! To Violence Against Women

We are grateful for many men and women who continue, courageously, to advocate for the elimination of violence against women and girls. All supporting initiative is commendable, and its effects will be felt, through Christ, in all the areas of Church life. 

WMCW on the occasion of 8th March (International Day of Women) declares that we are ready to face to any attempt to excuse, cover up or justify the violence. We declare that this violence is an offence against God, humanity and earth. 

Our struggle is to work for eliminating violence against women and girls in its different forms (sexual, religious, psychological…) and to promote their dignity. 

We must no longer to cover our ears before the despair cries, nor stifle them keeping in silence or locking within the four walls of home by pride, fear, honour or safety...because the violence against women and girls is a sin.  

Every act of violence against women and girls in the Church offends the body of Christ and prevents that it be fundamentally a community of women and men. Pope Francis speaks at length about violence against women in his first homily of the year, from the balcony of Saint Peter Square in the Vatican, on 1st January, 2020. “Women are source of life. However, they are offended, beaten, raped and pushed to prostitution and to suppress the life within them”, he said. 

His holiness described the violence against women as “desecration” and he denounced the “consumerism” and the “pornography” that, according to him, objectify female gender. 

The Supreme Pontiff also highlights that “the rebirth of humanity started with women” before adding: “it is through the way of treating the female body we understand our level of humanity. This body must be released from consumerism, must be respected and honoured. It is the most noble fresh in the world, it conceived and gave birth to the Love which saved us” 

As movement (WMCW), called to liberate oppressed, our duty is to commit with the liberation of people, to the celebration of the fullness of life and the fight against the culture of violence. 

Any longer, the problems of women must be treated “on the sidelines”. As WMCW, we need to join efforts to other social and church movements to analyse the motivations of human violence, the reason because of women cannot break the vicious circle of violence and, to reflect on how to put an end to it. 

“God created man on his own image, in the image of God created him, male and female he created them. God blessed them” Gen 1:27-28b 

Each celebration of 8th March should be a challenge for everyone. For that reason we stand up to say 

together today: “NO to any form of violence against women and girls!”

Message written by the National Coordination MCW - Mali 

 


No! To Violence Against Women

 

We are grateful for many men and women who continue, courageously, to advocate for the elimination of violence against women and girls. All supporting initiative is commendable and its effects will be felt, through Christ, in all the areas of Church life. 

WMCW on the occasion of 8th March (International Day of Women) declares that we are ready to face to any attempt to excuse, cover up or justify the violence. We declare that this violence is an offence against God, humanity and earth. 

Our struggle is to work for eliminating violence against women and girls in its different forms (sexual, religious, psychological,…) and to promote their dignity. 

We must no longer to cover our ears before the despair cries, nor stifle them keeping in silence or locking within the four walls of home by pride, fear, honour or safety...because the violence against women and girls is a sin.  

Every act of violence against women and girls in the Church offends the body of Christ and prevents that it be fundamentally a community of women and men. 

Pope Francis speaks at length about violence against women in his first homily of the year, from the balcony of Saint Peter Square in the Vatican, on 1st January , 2020. “Women are source of life. However, they are offended, beaten, raped and pushed to prostitution and to suppress the life within them”, he said. 

His holiness described the violence against women as “desecration” and he denounced the “consumerism” and the “pornography” that, according to him, objectify female gender. 

The Supreme Pontiff also highlights that “the rebirth of humanity started with women” before adding: “it is through the way of treating the female body we understand our level of humanity. This body must be released from consumerism, must be respected and honoured. It is the most noble fresh in the world, it conceived and gave birth to the Love which saved us” 

As movement (WMCW), called to liberate oppressed, our duty is to commit with the liberation of people, to the celebration of the fullness of life and the fight against the culture of violence. 

Any longer, the problems of women must be treated “on the sidelines”. As WMCW, we need to join efforts to other social and church movements to analyse the motivations of human violence, the reason because of women cannot break the vicious circle of violence and, to reflect on how to put an end to it. 

 

“God created man on his own image, in the image of God created him,  male and female he created them. God blessed them” Gen 1:27-28b 

Each celebration of 8th March should be a challenge for everyone. For that reason we stand up to say 

together today: “NO to any form of violence against women and girls!”

 

Message written by the National Coordination MCW - Mali 

 

The ECWM co-ordinates 20 organisations from 15 countries of the European Union (EU) and Switzerland. It totally rejects the draft agreement reached between the EU and Turkey on refugees. This agreement is a serious step backwards for human rights. The countries of the EU cannot sign an agreement with Turkey which is contrary to International Law. This agreement violates International and European Conventions ratified by Member States which expressly prohibits the return of persons who are subject to persecution or victims of war. We can easily forget that behind the increase in migration there is always the inhumanity of an unjust economic system in which profit prevails over the dignity of the human person and the common good. We cannot build a fortress Europe and refuse to welcome the stranger. The challenge remains to build a Europe of the people

logoAfter the attacks at the airport and metro in Brussels, the city that represents the heart of Europe, we express our total rejection of all forms of violence. We are committed to building a culture of acceptance without naivety, whilst opposing discrimination which simply takes advantage of the barbarity of terrorism in many parts of Europe. Terrorism is the exploitation of the individual and of God living in the person. We support the words of Cardinal Erdo, President of the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe: "At this time of distress we call on all people of good will not to be overcome by fear but to continue to pray for peace in Europe, in the Middle East and around the world." Pope Francis reminds us in Evangelii Gaudium: "Until exclusion and inequality are reversed within a society and between different peoples it will be impossible to eradicate violence." We are committed as Christian workers in Europe to continue working towards overcoming exclusion and inequality, relying on dialogue and the common good and avoiding positions of hatred and intolerance towards migrants. We express our closeness and solidarity with the families of the victims of these horrible attacks. Manolo Copé Coordinator European Movement of Christian Workers http://mtceurope.org/en/news-from-europe/45-nota-del-coordinador-del-mtce-ante-los-atentados-de-bruselas-2

As some politicians make disparaging remarks about migrants arriving in Western Europe, we are reminded that welcoming the Stranger is a fundamental tenet of our faith.  Thousands of our fellow human beings are fleeing their homelands because of war, famine and oppression.  Many of them make it as far as Northern France and we are familiar with the news coverage of the jungle in Calais.

Many members of our sister movement in the ACO France (Action Catholique Ouvrière) are welcoming the stranger into their neighbourhoods of Calais and Dunkirk.  Eve Marie Dubiez who is a close friend of the MCW has sent us regular information about the treatment of refugees in Northern France.  There is some evidence of human traffickers, some of who come from Britain who control the camps and charge refugees rent for shelter there. She says its type of “mafia” who impose the law of the jungle as European Governments are doing little. She wrote to us a few days ago to say that things are very tense in both camps due to the action of the Police and the lack of facilities for eating and showering.     

She also said that there are now more volunteers there than there is accommodation for them to stay.  However she informed us of ‘Aid Box Convey’ based in Bristol that now appears to be coordinating aid and voluteers to support refugees in the North of France.  aidboxTheir web site can be found at:  www.aidboxconvoy.co.uk its current focus is on supplying the new camp in Dunkirk with welcome boxes. We've also recently set up a list on Amazon to ease the process of contributing to the boxes.  The site says:

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