Photo essay: Rural women, human rights


Date : 22 February 2018

Rural women from around the world

She is a rural woman who works from daybreak until sundown and often beyond. She may run a small business or cultivate a field or both to support her family. Long hours are spent collecting water and fuel, and preparing food. She sees to the raising of children. She tends livestock. 

Without rural women and girls, rural communities would not function. Yet women and girls are among the people most likely to be poor, to lack access to assets, education, health care and other essential services, and to be hit hardest by climate change. On almost every measure of development, rural women, because of gender inequalities and discrimination, fare worse than rural men.

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Church of England may have to pay out millions over child sexual abuse

Harriet Sherwood

Wed 12 Feb 2020 

The Gardian

Synod hears apologies must be followed by concrete action as it backs compensating survivor

 A meeting of the General Synod, the C of E’s ruling body, at Church House in London. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

The Church of England could face a multimillion-pound bill after its ruling body voted in favour of compensating survivors of sexual abuse.

In a debate on the church’s response to recommendations made by the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA), the General Synod was told by the bishop of Huddersfield, Jonathan Gibbs, that words of apology must be followed by “concrete actions”.

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Little progress since Vatican’s sexual abuse summit, say activists


Angela Giuffrida in Rome

Mon 17 Feb 2020 

Pope yet to implement crucial reforms to canon law one year on from summit

Pope Francis celebrates mass at the Vatican last February at the conclusion of the summit on preventing clergy sexual abuse. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/AP

The Vatican has done little to seriously address the problem of clerical sexual abuse one year on from an unprecedented summit at which bishops and cardinals heard the testimony of victims, activists have said.

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The pope’s liberal supporters feel that he’s let them down

Catherine Pepinster,

Fri 14 Feb 2020 

Francis’s refusal to allow the ordination of married men has highlighted divisions in the church

This was not the first time there has been controversy over Francis’s stance on the Amazon.’ Pope Francis at his weekly general audience in Vatican City. Photograph: Grzegorz Galazka/SIPA/REX/Shutterstock

When the cardinals of the Roman Catholic church gathered for their conclave in the Sistine Chapel in 2013 and elected the Argentinian Jorge Bergoglio as the next pope, he joked that they had gone to the ends of the Earth to find him. It turned out that this was more than a joke: it was a warning of what was to come. The man who chose the name Francis, for the saint of Assisi who dedicated himself to the poor, has ever since been trying to shape the whole of the Catholic church to be more like the one found in Latin America.

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Why Pope Benedict Resigned: New Revelations from the man who helped cause it (see and post youtube link following)

On the seventh anniversary of the forced resignation from his office of Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger, Kevin Annett of the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) discloses new information on the deposing of this criminal, and the role of the present, equally criminal “pope” and the Spanish government in the event. See under ITCCS Archives for more information and write to . Posted February 11, 2020.

Rhode Island priest claims ‘pedophilia doesn’t kill anyone’ in abortion row

The Guardian

Kenya Evelyn @LiveFromKenya

Tue 11 Feb 2020

The Rev Richard Bucci made comment after barring 44 pro-choice lawmakers from communion last week

Citing ‘2,000 years’ of Catholic teachings, Bucci also barred the officials from witnessing marriages, reading during funerals and serving as godparents. Photograph: Julio Cortez/AP

Rhode Island priest who sought to ban pro-choice lawmakers from receiving communion has suggested abortion is worse than child abuse.

“We are not talking about any other moral issue, where some may make it a comparison between pedophilia and abortion,” the Rev Richard Bucci told local TV station WJAR. “Pedophilia doesn’t kill anyone and this does.”

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William Barr: There’s A “Militant Secular Effort” To Suppress Religion

Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason Science

By Hemant Mehta / Jan 30, 2020

“Donald Trump and William Barr” by The United States Department of Justice / Public Domain

During an interview with New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan yesterday, Attorney General William Barr did what he does best: lie.

He claimed that there was a “militant secular effort” to suppress religion, despite failing to define whatever “militant” secularism means.

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