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“Let them Go …

“Let them Go – They need to Grow” A Parent - Adolescent workshop by Jeevan D'Cunha, organized by the Family Cell of St. Lawrence Church, Thane on 3rd February 2008.

The session was quite an enriching experience for over 160 participants, comprising of youth and parents.

After 2 ½ hrs session by Jeevan D'cunha, youth who were very apprehensive at the beginning, were quite thrilled to have got the opportunity to understand their growth pattern and the dynamics behind their relationship with peers and parents.

  • Michael Fernandez

Challenges To Women In The Family

The Southeast Asia Meeting on Women II organized by the Women's Desk of the FABC Office of Laity and Family was inspired by the final working document of the 8th FABC plenary assembly. The participants consisting of thirty-one women, three bishops and one priest came from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Mongolia, to Majodi Centre, Johor, Malaysia from 27th of January to the 31st January, 2008, to deliberate on the theme “Challenges to Women in the Family in the 21st Century.

The objectives of the meeting were outlined as follows;

· To examine the threats and challenges to family life posed by 21stcentury values, and work culture.

· To examine women's roles and responsibility in the family, and understand how the challenges hinder women from living her role with dignity.

· To learn from each other and reflect together how we as Church can help promote women's dignity and help them respond to the challenges of the 21st century.

Insights during the meeting were inspired by reflections on Holy Scripture, country sharing, inputs and discussions.

· The sharing of country realities and personal experiences, made participants aware of the multiple challenges to women posed by a world rapidly changing because of economic and cultural globalization.

· Poverty, migration, trafficking of women and children, erosion of family values, materialism and consumerism impact families in the region and are the major concerns of women.

· Women experience violence in the home, in relationships where she is supposed to be protected.

· Women grapple with problems like economic dependence, lack of responsibility of men in the family, alcoholism, gambling and male domination indicative of the patriarchal structures of society. · Women need to build partnerships and sisterhood to support and bond with each other.

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