Women´s Letter 57

Dear Readers,

The Covid-19 pandemic placed the care of bodies, relationships, and environments around us at the focus of attention worldwide.

The existing inequalities in living conditions and the different care needs of the population became visible.

For those whose fundamental human rights are not guaranteed, the impact of the pandemic has led to a further worsening of their situation, as clearly stated in the message of the women delegates to the Synod of Mission 21, held virtually for the first time.

While domestic violence is on the rise, gender-based violence is evident in the daily lives of girls, women, youth, and elders.

The delegates’ reports from Asia and Latin America recount harsh realities and show us concrete actions of solidarity and advocacy being carried out in their organizations and churches.

Gladys D. Mananyu from South Sudan draws our attention to the impact of gender-based violence within the context of armed conflicts. She sets out five major challenges for work on peace and highlights five significant social impacts as a result of women’s involvement in peace processes.

The economic contribution of caring for people and the environment throughout the life cycle and in the daily life of communities is still not recognized and remains invisible. The article by Ina Praetorius and Regula Grünenfelder of the Women’s Synod of Switzerland reminds us that WITHOUT CARE THERE ARE NO PEOPLE and WITHOUT PEOPLE THERE IS NO ECONOMY.

In the section “Tools for Transformation and Reflection”, Solveig Schrickel calls us to improve our health during the pandemic using knowledge from Mapuche traditional medicine.

We invite you to read the voices that speak in this 57th issue of the Women’s Letter and discover how they echo in your own experience.

Josefina Hurtado Neira Head of Women & Gender Desk