This Saturday will be International Women’s Day. In reading about it, I stumbled across this declaration of faith on the Christian Aid website here.
I don’t want to comment on it at all because it speaks so firmly for itself. But I was especially pleased to get to the end and see that it’s been written by Christian women in Colombia. Although I don’t know the people who wrote this, I can remember the women I met in Las Camelias, Colombia. They are women who are activists, mothers, public speakers, prophets, poets, justice-seekers, survivors.
An affirmation of faith
We believe in the goodness and value of women,
in our strength and health,
in our capacity to cry,
in our capacity to sustain each other instead of being rivals,
in our capacity to respond to the demands of children
and carry the weight of daily life,
in our openness and desire to continue working,
in our spiritual and earthly being,
full of life – birth, death and resurrection.
We affirm the history of women
as the history of humanity.
We are gatherers of fruits,
peasants, farmers, sewers, workers,
mothers, scientists, doctors, housewives and economists.
We give our life, we are hidden workers,
without wages at home and breadwinners in society.
We recognise this diversity and versatility.
We rejoice in our intuition and our thinking.
We confess our faults and fragility,
because we have accepted violence and injustice
in relationships between men and women.
We expect a future of faith and hope,
working for the day to come in which we and all our sisters
will no longer have to adapt to a stereotype
because we will be free
to express ourselves as we are
and we will be free
to share in all the benefits of human life and work.
We hope for a time of peace,
when violence will disappear
and men and women can love and be loved,
and the work and riches of our world can be justly shared.
Written by women of the Presbyterian Church in Colombia.