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Published on Oct 15, 2009
Women have much to offer to the Church, women have much to offer to Africa.The equality between men and women is still not a reality for everyone in Africa, as some Synod Fathers have recalled during the debates. As Sister Liliane Sweko pointed out, women, therefore, have their own role to play in the African societies.A family without a woman is a family without life. In the Scriptures, at the beginning of Genesis, God says, It is not good that man should be alone. Moreover, women are also daughters of the Church, women are human beings. We would like the Church to recognize this dignity more and more, because we have a great contribution to give.This contribution is evident in the Synod thanks to the presence of 10 experts and 19 auditors who are women. Among them is a Congolese religious who told us how she welcomed the invitation to the assembly.It is an event that I welcomed with great joy because in my country, Africa, everyone is part of the family, the Church is the family. As a woman and as a religious, I also have a lot to contribute to this family that is our family.Apart from the Synods message and proposals, this religious, who is the general counselor of her congregation, also has insights to some of the specific duties of the African and Universal Churches.We would truly like concrete steps to be taken in order to reach the needs of our people, of our Church in Africa and, why not, the Universal Church, because the Church in Africa has much to offer to the Universal Church. We have many values and we would like our dignity and values to be recognized because we belong to this Church-family, the people of God.