Aretha Franklin’s hit song Respect, is a 3 minute plea to her man to show her a little respect, 'or you might walk in and find out I’m gone.’ The song was written over 50 years ago and fits into that genre of soul music lamenting how the man (it’s generally a man) has done wrong. Today’s deep and persistent lack of respect and decency in our public life as well as in personal relationships make the words mighty relevant.
Author: Amanda Advocates
A voice at the UN (about women)
Next month the UN will host thousands of women in New York and online. The huge gathering is the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). In all the talk and formulating of formal statements, there is room for hundreds of groups to host online meetings – it is wonderfully democratic to sift through all … Continue reading A voice at the UN (about women)
God’s abundant love at Christmas
Considering how crucial women are to the Advent period and Christmas, it is wonderful to remember anew their example of faithful expectation; and their insights about what the coming baby represented. Christmas celebrates the bold faithfulness of lowly women – a teenage girl and an older woman. Elizabeth is introduced at the beginning of Luke’s … Continue reading God’s abundant love at Christmas
Going for grey
We need to involve ourselves in the grey – to pursue truth, clarify facts, correct lies, support victims, and hold governments and communities to account.
Lionesses roar that women’s sport can’t be dismissed
The Lionesses's win in football is encouraging us all to think about the benefits of sport at every level
Women’s bodies are not a war zone
Emotive words and placards leave no space for anyone who might want to pause for thought and acknowledge the moral complexities of being pro-life or pro-choice.
Hope and a Future for Women everywhere
Is International Women's Day just a day for educated western women? The answer is NO!
During Advent we get to ponder the women in the Christmas story - Mary and her older cousin, Elizabeth, (as well as the five women named in Jesus’s genealogy). And Dürer painted the mystery and touching faith of these women.
Violence against women in the place they should be safe – their homes
There is a terrible mismatch between 'domestic' and 'abuse': in the place we should feel safest, there is terrible abuse for too many women
Weeping for women in Afghanistan
A wise man once wrote, “When the righteous become numerous, the people rejoice, but when the wicked dominate, the people moan.” How we moan and weep for the nation of Afghanistan this week as the Taliban swept into the capital city Kabul. Bent only on violence against the innocent, the Taliban certainly qualify as wicked. … Continue reading Weeping for women in Afghanistan