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
Rights groups want end to violence
Says government complicit through inaction on prevention and legislation to protect women
- Chelluz Pahun, Jakarta
- March 9, 2012
The Peopleâ€™s Movement for Elimination of the Stateâ€™s Violence against Women seeks a zero tolerance policy for violence against women, which organizers say the government has not done enough to prevent.
â€śThrough its policies, the state became the main perpetrator of violence against women,â€ť said Anis Hidayah, the movementâ€™s coordinator.
â€śThe state lets violence against women keep happening and provided no protection at all.â€ť
She added that legislation has been ineffectual and too cumbersome.
â€śToo discriminative policies keep emerging. The legislative process of some bills, such as on protection against domestic workers and gender equality, has seen no progress yet.â€ť
More than 100,000 women were victims of violence last year, according to data from the National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan).
Some 3,753 of those cases involved sexual abuse.
â€śSexual abuse includes cases of rape, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment and sexual control,â€ť said Arimbi Heroepoetri from Komnas Perempuan.
Nining Elitos of the Committee on Womenâ€™s Freedom said that cases of violence against women have increased nearly 100 percent over the last five years.
â€śEverywhere, especially in Indonesia, women are not yet free from all kinds of oppression.