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
Nearly nine in 10 Bangladeshi women suffer abuse
Stunning statistics show domestic abuses against women are the norm
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- ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
- January 23, 2014
About 87 percent Bangladesh women have been victims of various forms of domestic violence in their lifetime, according to a recent government sponsored survey.
Conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, the first ever national census on women and violence was completed in late December and released early this month.
Of a total of 12,600 women surveyed, 65 percent said they were physically tortured by their husbands, 36 percent were victims of sexual violence, 82 percent faced psychological abuses and 53 percent were victims of mental anguish.
Only half the victims received treatment, while one third didn’t seek treatment for their injuries fearing a backlash from their husbands.
"The high rate of domestic violence against women in Bangladesh is nothing new. The only difference is they used to keep silent in the past, but now they are speaking out," said Maleka Begum, a prominent Bangladeshi women rights activist.
Begum said that although there are laws to protect women from torture and violence, they fail to address the root causes.
"Violence against women is rooted in the patriarchal mindset of society where males consider females as subjects and women’s contribution to society remains largely unrecognized," she said.