AMERICA/CHILE - "Women want and demand peace, since it is an inalienable human right": manifesto of the International Network of Women Catholic Leaders

Wednesday, 2 March 2022 wars   peace   human rights   women  

Santiago (Agenzia Fides) - "The recent Russian invasion of Ukraine endangers the life, development and potential of hundreds of thousands of women and girls who live on Ukrainian soil, destabilizing their most precious asset, which is life. Giving life is the essential function of women, guarding and protecting it always and everywhere. It is during armed conflicts when this function becomes more fragile. Women suddenly become heads of families and are forced to guarantee the survival of the family group. They are also subject to the most varied forms of violence, making them one of the most vulnerable sectors of the population". This is stated in the manifesto of the International Network of Women Catholic Leaders, which is part of the Latin American Academy of Catholic Leaders, an international training center present in seven Latin American countries, whose mission is to train leaders according to a Catholic perspective, rooted in the faith of the Church, and transform the social, political and economic world in the light of the Social Doctrine of the Church. The manifesto highlights: "Peace is an essential requirement to preserve life. We must therefore defend peace by resorting to all possible means, sparing no effort. Peace on earth and to all men is the first evangelical proclamation". After recalling that the consequences of war are immeasurable and always affect future generations, the document reiterates: "Women want and demand peace, since it is an inalienable human right, not only of individuals, but also of peoples. We call on each woman, from the space in which she finds herself, day after day and with the resilience that characterizes her, to build a world of peace to obtain the happiness that every human being yearns for". The document concludes with "the hope of fraternity and understanding between the Russian and Ukrainian people, which must prevail over any existing obstacle between the two countries". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 2/3/2022)