A while ago on Demography is Destiny, we discussed the shortage of young women in China (due mainly to sex selective abortions exacerbated by the one-child policy) and the paradoxical phenomenon of “shengnu” (leftover women): young women who can’t find a husband. In that blogpost we explained this as due to women wanting to find husbands who were higher than them on the financial, educational, and social status ladders. As women in China upskill and become better educated and have better employment prospects, the chance of a woman finding a husband higher than her on these ladders decreases.
When three Sydney mothers heard Lulu Mitshabu give an address about her work in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where rape is endemic and women are denied education and basic human rights, they were appalled.
In this new Life Teen video, Jackie Francois addresses the question of whether or not it’s okay to wear a bikini this Summer. And it’s not just a yes or no answer. It’s all about how you, as a woman, want other people to view you — as a whole person or just attractive body parts.
Brianna Heldt was 20 years-old when she first started taking the birth control pill. As an Evangelical Protestant, she believed in saving sex for marriage, but the young college student was planning her wedding and wanted to delay having children for a few years. Like many young women, Heldt visited her college's campus health clinic and got a prescription.
In a recent interview to mark his one year anniversary, Pope Francis said the role of the Virgin Mary is greater than any bishop or apostle. He added that the Church is feminine at its origin, and so the role of women within the Church should be greater. JOCELYNE KHOUEIRYFounder, "La Libanaise: Femme du 31 Mai”"Women play a great role in so many levels. It starts at a personal level when she discovers her vocation and identity as a woman. She carries positive energy, good will. Her characteristics as a mother gives her a certain power on a human level.” On March 8, to commemorate International Women's Day, eleven women in various leadership positions within the Catholic Church will share their stories.
Today we have stricter and more humane laws and protocols around adoption, and the rights of birth mothers and their children. But the global baby production industry profits through circumventing these. This industry is taking Australia back to the dark days of mother-child separations and baby snatching at birth. But glitzy technology and distorted ideas about the right of anyone to a child, is clouding clear judgment and sensible policy-making in today's surrogacy business.
This month, the Holy Father has asked Catholics everywhere to pray: "That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women." Fr. Kubicki reflects on Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for March 2014 in this video.
Ashley Crouch is the PR manager and contributing editor of a new women's fashion magazine with a much talked about policy: no digital alterations to models' real appearances allowed. “Whereas other magazines Photoshop to achieve the 'ideal' body type or leave a maximum of three wrinkles, we never alter the body or face structure of our models with Photoshop,” reads the description on Verily magazine's website.
A prayer for self-worth and positive thinking during Lent. This is a great resource for youth groups or religion classes. You can print out a copy of the prayer for your group to follow along with here.
Pope Francis spoke out once again about the importance of the "feminine genius." This time, before a large delegation from the Italian Women's Center, a women's association, which closed their yearly national gathering at the Vatican. During his speech, the Pope reminded them that society and the labor force need a feminine touch. He added that he also wants women to have a more "capillary and incisive" role in the Church.
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