Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation

In some countries, International Women’s Day, which takes place on March 8th, is a public  holiday with festivities and protests. In other countries it is largely ignored. Before 1975, International Women’s Day was closely associated with socialist movements, which is why many in the US don’t have childhood memories of this day. Over recent years, however, it has become more visible and accessible to a broader public.

Many people believe that women in the United States have achieved most of our goals. We have seen massive change in our lifetimes, but issues like poverty, hunger and homelessness conspire to keep many women down. American women born into poverty are likely to stay that way. Women of Color living in poverty have even less hope of breaking out.

In many Third World countries issues such as rape as a weapon of war, child marriages, land ownership, access to education, sexual violence are key issues facing women. Raising awareness in these countries on International Women’s Day often takes place with planned conversations as well as sports events such as rugby matches, film fests or strikes.

Let’s celebrate International Women’s Day here in the United States and in Notre Dame by holding low-key gatherings to pray, plan or party and raise awareness of the accomplishments that have been achieved and all that remains to be done. This would include our Catholic Church, which I feel and many agree, has been so slow in recognizing women’s talents and reluctant to open governance and ministry roles.

International Women’s Day is coming on March 8th.  Consider doing something to commemorate that day. It could be both energizing and helpful - a great combination!

 


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