Gender Equality Blog
We are seeing changes in many spheres, with women finally reaching the top positions of more and more structures and organisations, but still we notice, because it is not yet the norm, and we know that the road was surely full of challenges or there would be many more. At CIDSE, the face of our leadership has changed in just a few years. Perhaps this is even more remarkable because, as a Catholic development and social justice network, women are traditionally present from the grassroots all the way through the very fibre of our organisations, but rarely are they the leaders. Despite their experience, their knowledge, their years of invaluable contribution to development work and to their service to the Church, many women are still overlooked, undervalued, or underestimated.
The European elections are just a few days away. Citizens from all across Europe will elect their new representatives in the European Parliament. When they vote, we ask them to how they can improve the lives of 50% of the European population by supporting the representation of women in politics.
The labor and courage of women is central to their communities and rural economies, and by extension, to the global economy. However, they are underrepresented at all decision-making levels, especially when it comes to participation and co-determination in managing resources. In tribute to the exemplary commitment of women to themselves, their families and their communities, the Swiss Ecumenical Campaign 2019 focused this year on women's rights.
An encounter that brings the whole world together always represents an opportunity. But a gathering where men and women from all points of the compass come together to explain, share and raise awareness of their fight to defend our Common Home should be one that is accessible to everyone defending our planet’s environment. (Original text in Spanish below)