Sunday, September 20, 2015

Formation Team

Passation dans l’Equipe de Formation
ette semaine, le Père Basil Soyoye a officiellement passé l’animation de l’Année Spirituelle Internationale, (ASI) du Centre Bresillac, Calavi au Père Hervé Abou Yapié après 3 ans de service au Centre.
De la droite: Paul, Herve, Basil et Raja
La nouvelle équipe est donc constituée des pères
-         Luc Kouaku N’Dah, (BFGG, Ivoirien). Il intègre l’équipe cette année
-         Paul Chataigné,  (Province de Lyon, Français)
-         Raja Lourdousamy (IDF, indien). Econome du Centre
-         Hervé Yepié Abou (DFGG, Ivoirien)
Nous portons la nouvelle équipe ainsi que tous les candidats SMA pour l’ASI 2015-2016 dans nos prières.

From left: Paul, Herve, Luc and Raja

Passing on in the Formation Team
r. Basil Soyoye officially handed over the animation of the International Spiritual Year (ISY) of Centre Bresillac, Calavi to Fr. Hervé Abou Yapié after 3 years of service in the Centre

The new formation team is:
-         Luc Kouaku N’Dah, (BFGG, Ivoirien). Il intègre l’équipe cette année
-         Paul Chataigné,  (Province de Lyon, Français)
-         Raja Lourdousamy (IDF, indien). Econome du Centre
-         Hervé Abou Yapié (DFGG, Ivoirien)
We carry the new team and all the participants at the 2015-2016 ISY in our prayers.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Nature is on the side of women: A reflection on gender balance

n this paper I argue that the similarities between women and ecofeminism must be documented, understood, emphasized and exploited for communal well being. Men and women are different and it is a fundamental truth. It is the way it ought to be, and they must remain so. Every effort must be made by all humanity to preserve and promote the retention and full expression of this difference.

There must never exist a law that hinders the full expression of the potential of any human being. That human beings should be allowed to express their full potential is vital for the survival of the human species. What we see as the full picture of human life on earth is only a direct reflection of the composite of all the lives of each one of the people that have and continue to exist. If this picture of the world is not a good one, then acts of omission or deficiencies, requiring redress in the individual persons are responsible. On the other hand, in the pursuit of empowering women, we must not be quick to enact laws that are founded on limited knowledge. There is a danger in creating laws that, thinking that they would lead to the facilitation of the full expression of the potential that women possess, would only succeed in promoting that which is not possible. Such an environment has the potential of frustrating the whole human race.

 Ecofeminism describes movements and philosophies that link feminism with ecology. The term is believed to have been coined by the French writer Françoise d'Eaubonne in her book, “Le Féminisme ou la Mort (1974)” Ecofeminism connects the exploitation and domination of women with that of the environment, and argues that there is a connection between women and nature that comes from their shared history of oppression by a patriarchal Western society.[1]

Vandana Shiva claims that women have a special connection to the environment through their daily interactions with it that has been ignored. She says that women in subsistence economies who produce "wealth in partnership with nature, have been experts in their own right of holistic and ecological knowledge of nature's processes.[2]

In some countries, women, by law or decree are not allowed to show their faces. This is so behind. In some countries again, women are not allowed to drive vehicles. This too is not necessary. In other countries, some of them in the West, that part of the world that often brags about being the bastion of liberty, only until recently, women were not allowed to vote. It must be noted that this was a shameful anomalous fixture in the lives of human beings.

The importance of women is fundamental. To state only a fact, the survival of the human species hinges on women. . Dr. Jamal A. Badawin, in a September 1971 article entitled The Status of Women in Islam published in the Al-Ittihad Journal of Islamic Studies, stated the following: 'The status which women reached during the present era was not achieved due to the kindness of men..’  It was rather achieved through a long struggle and sacrifice on woman's part and only when society needed her contribution and work, more especially, during the two world wars, and due to the escalation of technological change. The day women shall conquer poverty that is the day poverty shall be ceased in the world. It is clear that there is a direct link between the current status of women and global poverty. That there exist many declarations, platforms of action and resolutions on women's advancement (Beijing, Cairo, Nairobi, etc) is a clear global confession that women are indeed disadvantaged and that this is not their natural condition but an artificial one

For instance, in Zambia, There is not a single law in our country that keeps women shackled. Though this is the case, it is not uncommon for some sections of civil society to continue to argue, for example, that Zambia needs more women in politics, leadership positions, and decision-making portfolios and so on and so forth. There is strangeness to this; the strangeness of these calls lies in the advocates’ failure to learn just exactly why women are not equal in numbers as men in the targeted positions. It is vital to undertake a thorough study just to see why such number disparities exist to which the evidence would indeed be revealing.

An argument could be made that even if legally, religiously or economically the playing field were to be equal, levelled or permissive for both sexes, women would still be less in number than men in the said positions. This is a curious assertion; I say that this is a curious assertion because what is observed might merely be an accurate reflection of the order of life that ought to exist as determined by the blueprint of human life. Going against this blueprint would surely have very dire consequences in communities and globally.

Women do not realise just how powerful they really are. Nature is on the side of women. The progression of some diseases is deliberately slower in women than in men. At any given time, the odds of a woman dying are less than those of a man. Women have the ability to endure more than men. Worldwide, even in poor and developing nations, women, on average, live longer than men. In addition, deliberately, when all the sums are done, there are more female children born than men. This is truly deliberate. All these observations are vital because they clearly illustrate that the survival of the human species hinges on women.

Even stranger, the same laws or decrees that men over the millennia have enacted that have disadvantaged women might have been made with the view that they would be beneficial to women. The only downside to this behaviour is that these laws or decrees were made in an environment replete with ignorance. Women need to be comfortable with being women. They must never aspire to be like men. Such an attempt on their part would lead to terrible human conflict, the collapse of the human family as we know it and profound frustration of not only the women themselves but of men as well. What is fundamentally important is that in many developing societies, more women need education and improve their knowledge. There is no better person in the world than a knowledgeable or educated woman. She makes a good mother, wife, manager and administrator.

Failure and frustration awaits the woman that views success as becoming man-like. Women should remain women/female but they must live in an environment, a world that facilitates the full expression of their potential, a world that does not have man-made barriers to their survival and prosperity. Marginalising women is synonymous with marginalising human life. Man cannot do without a woman, and vice versa.

In conclusion, the empowerment of women must not be aimed at creating an independent, arrogant and disrespectful entity. It must be focused on creating an interdependent and healthy human family which is in the same line of respecting the environment, not polluting it among others, the two complement each other. One will never be a substitute of the other.  it is only when the twoecosystem and woman, become one, when they live in the harmonious way that is their purpose that survival, peace and prosperity shall truly reign on earth.

[1] MacGregor, Sherilyn (2006). Beyond mothering earth: ecological citizenship and the politics of care. Vancouver: UBC Press. p. 286
[2] Shiva, Vandana (1988). Staying alive: women, ecology and development. London: Zed Books.

By  TEMANI Chikosi 
( DFGL, Zambia)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Invitation à la « Journée Portes Ouvertes » au Centre Brésillac des Missions Africaines

epuis plus de 25 ans, les Missions Africaines sont présentes à Calavi avec le Centre Mgr de Marion Brésillac, bien connu comme « le séminaire ». Il forme les futurs missionnaires SMA venus de toute l’Afrique et d’ailleurs. Vous êtes tous invités à venir rencontrer notre communauté internationale de quatre formateurs et de 24 jeunes qui représentent 12 nationalités.

Photo: SMA Media Center
Les portes du Centre seront ouvertes pour vous le dimanche 3 mai de 8h30 à 17h30.  A 9h30 une messe animée par les séminaristes sera suivie par la présentation et la visite du Centre. Le célébrant principal sera le R. Père Antoine METIN, curé de St. Antoine de Padou, Calavi. Vous pourrez apprécier les différentes activités culturelles animées par les séminaristes, et dans les stands vous trouverez des objets dont la vente servira aux besoins du Centre Brésillac. Des sandwiches, de la nourriture et des boissons seront aussi en vente. 

Amis du Centre Bresillac