Women of faith can be sidelined at the UN but they have important views on education, family, health and work. They also want to learn how to advocate more effectively.
Common sense is not so common - Voltaire We need a spoonful of common sense and a large dose of wisdom in 2017 after the year that brought us post-truth. But it’s not looking hopeful. Some nonsensical (or worryingly dangerous) events that have caught my eye this year (and it’s only week 2!): Glasgow University … Continue reading A spoonful of reason
Sometimes we seem to have far too many decisions to make and it can be unsettling. We long for black and white choices.
This week saw the US Presidential race sink to new lows as Donald Trump’s appalling language about women and his alleged behaviour took up the media’s attention and serious policy slipped further down the agenda. What a sad election this is. The fact that Trump has tried to excuse his language as locker room banter … Continue reading Gender and locker room banter
I must admit that my literacy about aspects of the economy would not get me an A*. I have my head around the difference between fiscal and monetary policy and could even define quantitative easing but details of the financial crash of 2008 just don’t stay in my brain. And if you look at media … Continue reading Women, work and worth
Along the dusty roads in Bukavu Eastern Congo (DRC), tiny women walk huddled over with 30kg loads of firewood. They are human beasts of burden forced into this tough work because they are victims of poverty and violence. Many have been raped, some are widows, which means they face social rejection as well as pain. … Continue reading When sex is monstrous terror
When I was a girl (OK, it was a fair while ago) we all wore our best clothes to church. My mum made me a Sunday-best-dress – one for summer and one for winter all through my childhood. As the youngest of three girls, I wore a lot of hand-me-downs so the Sunday dresses, which … Continue reading Whatever happened to wearing Sunday best?
"If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten." Rudyard Kipling So you’ll be pleased to know that I am going to tell you two stories about remarkable women that I heard at the weekend. That makes them ‘herstories’, not histories. I had never heard of … Continue reading Stories make life richer
Looking out at me from the front page of the newspaper yesterday were the faces of eight women – all killed by their partners or boyfriends. Lovely women and teenagers from all backgrounds. And a little girl, Darcey, aged four who was thrown off a bridge by her father. Today, there was another story of … Continue reading Cast a net of caring
At the beginning of a new year, I want to explore a big challenge for the Church – women, who have always been the backbone of church life, are slipping away. Why? And what can be done? We all know that men are giving up on church big-time: the typical U.S. congregation is 61% female … Continue reading Brunch is the new Communion