A special prayer service, organized by the Christian Conference of Asia in commemoration of International Women’s Day, reflected that “the struggle for empowerment of women, ensuring gender justice, equality to both women and men at every level of society are essential componentsrequired for building strong partnerships”.International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on 8 March.
The theme for International Women’s Day- 2016 is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. The theme is being reflected around the world on how to accelerate momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights.
In a context where women in Asia every day experience threats to dignity and rights as they are being sold, trafficked, physically abused, killed in the name of honour and victimized in conflicts, the Gospel stories inspire to reflect on the empowerment of women at all times. Jesus promoted equality of women with men, advocating and practicing just treatment of women with dignity, initiating empowerment of women and challenging the existing dominant cultural norms; Sunila Ammar, who coordinated the special prayer service, reflected during the worship.
The new thrust of CCA women’s concerns focuses on empowerment of women, women’s leadership development and initiating ecumenical women’s action against violence, and equipping women as peace builders. CCA will initiate a regional network of women – Ecumenical Women’s Action against Violence (EWAV) in 2016.
As part of CCA’s advocacy on the plight of Asian women, representatives of CCA will attend this year’s United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) in New York from 14 – 24 March.