letter states that women are not included in important decisions. It states that
the time has come to change. Women are an invaluable resource for solving
problems for the whole human race.
E newsletter from Sister Joan Chittister
Received 3/3/08, from Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, and the Benetvision Staff
Vision and Viewpoint, an e-newsletter for spiritual seekers
MAKING WAY FOR THE FEMININE, A Global Reflection with Leaders from Religion,
March 6 – 10, 2008
Women: The Missing Resource
“Old woman,” the young woman asked, “What is the heaviest burden a woman has to
bear?” And the old woman answered her, “Young woman, the heaviest burden a woman
has to bear is to have no burden at all.”
In a world where millions are poor and billions are hungry, the world is now full of
conferences intent on resolving problems that are crippling the development of the world.
Symposiums, think tanks, and forums on global issues are emerging everywhere.
Conferences on global change, global development, global needs, global politics, global
economics and global agendas swirl around the planet, the tsunamis of modern
intellectual life. And yet, little changes.
The question is why? And the answer is hiding in plain sight. These conferences will never
solve the major problems facing the human community because half the population of the
world is being left out of the conversation. Half the wisdom of the world is being ignored.
Half the concerns of the human race are not being taken into consideration. Half the
resources of the world, women, are being ignored in the solving of problems that face us
all. As a result, both halves are suffering from our failure to approach both problems and
solutions from the vantage point of the entire human race.
India, the land of banyan trees whose roots speak of depth, of lotus flowers that speak of
survival, and of goddesses like Lakshmi who is concerned for both material and spiritual
riches, of Durga who protects the righteous and of Sarasvati who brings learning to
wisdom, is slated to become the launching ground of another kind of reflection on the
The first international conference of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, “Making Way
for the Feminine for the Benefit of the World Community” will begin in Jaipur on March 6.
Over 450 women from 45 countries converge on Jaipur to open this first platform for
Global Transformation, not for celebrating femaleness for its own sake, but to offer the
world the missing resource of our time, the power of the feminine.
This conference is not an exercise in anybody’s chauvinism, national or local, female or
male. This conference will raise women’s voices in international affairs for the sake of the
whole human race. Without an increase in the feminine qualities of compassion, care,
human community and human support in both women and men in a world that gives power
preference over preservation, we are all in danger.
Women from around the world are coming to India, the home of the Goddesses, to take
their responsibility in bearing the burdens of the world—whether anyone else yet has the
sense to invite them to do their share of it or not.
Joan Chittister, co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, was instrumental in
organizing the March 6-10, 2008 women’s summit in India. She will address the
conference and help facilitate the event. This is an excerpt from an article, “The Missing
Resource Is Not Oil; It’s Women” that she wrote for the Indian Times.
For more info on the conference: www.gpiw.org/jaipur.html
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