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International Women's Day

March 06, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

I admit to some sadness that the highly capable, experienced Elizabeth Warren has dropped out of the Democratic presidential race. None of the women candidates remain. It makes one wonder if a major factor is that they are women. This and the yearly observance of International Women's Day remind remind me that women around the world still struggle for recognition and equality.

The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2020 is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights. The theme is aligned with U.N. Women’s new multi-generational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Adopted in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, the Beijing Platform for Action is recognized as the most progressive road map for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere. CSA is proud that one of our sisters, Ann McKean, CSA, attended the conference. 

The year 2020 is a pivotal year for advancing gender equality worldwide, as the global community takes stock of progress made for women’s rights since its adoption. It will also mark several other galvanizing moments in the gender equality movement: a five-year milestone towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; the 20th anniversary of U.N. Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security; and the 10th anniversary of U.N. Women’s establishment.

For the 6th year in a row Catholic Sisters Week has followed International Women's Day. 
This year's  observance,organized by Communicators for Women Religious, is less about honoring sisters and more about honoring sisters' charisms and how we can share them, said Sr. Linda Romey, a Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania, and the chair of the committee organizing the event. She noted that more and more laypeople are involved in the ministry of sisters through volunteer, oblate, associate and other programs. The question for religious women in how can we share our traditions and charisms and deepen the bonds we have have with lay ministers. 

Organizers hope events of the week will help form a new kind of community between laypeople and sisters, where people from a multitude of backgrounds, experiences and roles in the church can support each other in their common call.



 

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