Filipino women take center stage

Filipino women take center stage

Christians in the Philippines © Francis R. Malasig

This year's World Day of Prayer focuses on women in the Philippines. Several thousand women will also mark the day in NRW. Christian women of the Philippines have prepared this year's globally observed day.

In Germany alone, in the area of the Westphalian Church on Friday, a total of more than 55.000 children, women and men are expected to attend the almost 550 services in the parishes, as the Protestant Women's Aid in Westphalia announced in Soest on Tuesday.
For the current Reformation Year, the two churches jointly invite participation. This was announced by the German Bishops' Conference and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) on Tuesday in Bonn and Hanover.

In the region of the Protestant Church in the Rhineland, for example, a central ecumenical event of the church district Bonn takes place in the Erloserkirche in Bad Godesberg. Many Protestant congregations from Erkrath near Dusseldorf and Cologne to Trier and Saarbrucken are also participating in the international day of action for women, according to the World Day of Prayer committee.

Consumerist lifestyle strengthens unjust structures, it said

About 20 Filipinas have prepared the liturgy for the ecumenical service. Under the title "What's fair??" they want to draw attention to the social injustice, poverty, exploitation and migration from economic need in the Southeast Asian island state. This was explained by the chairmen of the Pastoral Commission of the Bishops' Conference, Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabruck, and the vice president of the EKD Church Office, Bishop Petra Bosse-Huber. Reports from Filipino women showed "how our consumerist lifestyles reinforce unjust structures". At the same time, the testimonies encouraged people to "stand up for justice and an abundant life for all in the spirit of the Gospel".

Using the biblical parable of the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16), they address labor rights violations, the exploitation of female labor abroad, and the slow pace of reconstruction after natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, as they said.

Collection for charitable organizations

Collections from World Day of Prayer services support education and employment projects for women and girls as well as programs against sexualized violence. Among them, according to the World Day of Prayer Committee, are almost a dozen Philippine projects, such as the workers' organization "Kayumanggi", which works against wage dumping, as well as a self-help program for the rights of indigenous groups and the counseling center "Kaagapay" for the needs of migrant workers.

According to the Westphalian Women's Aid, collections amounting to about 81 are made annually from its area.000 euros to the German World Day of Prayer Committee based in Stein near Nuremberg. The women's association in the Protestant Church of Westphalia has been participating in the campaign since the 1950s.

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