Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Group wants laws on domestic violence
Women's foundation says preventing violence against women requires tougher lawsA stall outside Gaddafi stadium selling handicrafts made by women
- ucanews.com reporter, Lahore
- March 8, 2012
Abid Ali, program officer for policy and data monitoring at the Aurat Foundation, said violence against women is a chronic problem.
â€śMore than 6,000 incidents of violence against women were registered last year. These included 26 cases of varied nature including rape, acid throwing, honor killing and sexual harassment mostly in rural areas,â€ť Ali told attendees at a conference organized by the Punjab government to mark International Womenâ€™s Day at Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.
â€śWe demand a Punjab domestic violence bill and its actual implementation.â€ť
Rahat Nasreen of Shirkat Gah, one of more than 70 NGOs who attended the four-day event, said Punjab state has failed to protect womenâ€™s basic rights.
â€śThe usual culprits in such cases are family members who successfully persuade the victim to forgive them. The government and the courts should call [violence against women] a crime and punish the criminals.â€ť
Nasreen added that though the Pakistan government has introduced some legislation for the protection of women, it has done so only slowly and incrementally, and that they need to do much more.