The recent issue of El Estandarte Evangélico from the Evangelical Methodist Church Argentina focuses on women’s rights, reflecting on the various slogans used during the International Women’s Strike on 8 March, 2017. A translation of the introduction in English follows. Articles are linked below (in Spanish):
Dear sisters and brothers, we come once again to you sharing the first issue of The Evangelical Banner : “Woman and fullness” . On this occasion, we propose to reflect on some of the slogans of the International Women’s Strike (8M) held this week.
It is becoming increasingly evident that we live in a patriarchal society, that is, a society in which men occupy – whether we want it or not – a place of privilege in front of women. This is extremely unfair and generates different types of violence towards women. We can see daily in the media the number of women who are raped, and even murdered, with no apparent cause, other than because they are female.
These women cry out loudly for fair and equitable relationships, for equal opportunities, for equal pay for equal work, for comprehensive sexual education, for overcoming structures and ways of thinking that limit women’s lives.
Each of us has a degree of responsibility. We must rethink those ways of educating our children, daughters, grandchildren and grandchildren, when we teach them to be delicate as the princesses, and teach boys to be brutes and rough. We must overcome old roles, overcome prejudices, have a surpassing thinking, that helps us to be a more just and mature society.
From our Churches we must also commit ourselves to this cause, and not because it seems to be fashionable, but because we can see how it attacks and closes the lives of so many women throughout our country. We must engage in the search for a more just, equitable society, where the full life announced by Jesus, the Christ, is increasingly a reality in our midst.
For the Team of the Evangelical Banner
Pastor Maximilian A. Heusser