AMERICA/PARAGUAY - Bishops' message: "Day of the Paraguayan woman"

Friday, 26 February 2016 women   human rights   bishops   episcopal conferences  

Asuncion (Agenzia Fides) - "The Bishops of Paraguay greet all women on their day and remember the historical role they had and continue to have in the building of society and culture": this is how the message of the Episcopal Conference of Paraguay begins and sent to Fides on the occasion of the "Day of the Paraguayan woman" which is celebrated every year on February 24.
"Paraguayan women have the memory and the DNA of those who rebuilt the lives, faith and dignity of our people, this is why they are called the most glorious of America. Despite the difficult situations that many of them live, they are an example of struggle and resistance" says the Bishops’ message.
"We condemn the acts of sexist violence against women and girls as one of the great evils of our society. We urge the competent institutions to act firmly before these facts, to improve public policies and to recognize the value of women against all forms of abuse in their rights", the text concludes.
On February 24 the "First Assembly of American women", held in Asuncion in 1867 is commemorated. The meeting saw the participation of women in the capital and the country, who decided to collect, sell and donate their jewels to help the cause of the Paraguayan war of Independence. The law that establishes the celebration of the Paraguayan Women's Day dates back to 1974, when the United Nations celebrated "International Women's Year". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 26/02/2016)