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How much do we do for women

· A video message from the Pope ·

“The contribution of women in all areas of human activity is undeniable, beginning with the family. But only to recognize it.... Is that enough?”. This question begins Francis’ video message, found at the web address www.apmej.org — the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer). Speaking in Spanish — with subtitles available in six languages at www.thepopevideo.org —, the Pontiff offers his universal intention for the month of May: “That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed”.

Indeed, the message continues, “we have done little for the women who are in very difficult situations: despised, marginalized, and even reduced to slavery”. The Pope’s words are accompanied by series of images of women at work: teachers, doctors, labourers and homemakers in a variety of settings. The pictures show the exploitation to which many women are subjected, as in the background messages such as “I do my job as well as a man”, and “Enough of discrimination at work” are spelled out in block letters, along with “Men and women are children of God”. The Pope emphasizes the need to “condemn sexual violence against women and remove the barriers that prevent their full integration into social, political, and economic life”. He then invites the viewer to take action: “If you think this is clearly right, join my petition that in all countries of the world women may be honored and respected and valued for their essential contribution to society”. The video message, like those before it, was prepared by La Machi communications agency, which handles production and distribution, in cooperation with Vatican Television Center, which recorded the images.

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