Leaders of Women’s Associations from IMBISA’s nine member countries: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, and Zimbabwe will meet in Pretoria, South Africa, from June 6th to June 9th, 2022, for a Safeguarding workshop. The main theme will be the safeguarding of children and vulnerable persons, as well as a re-reading of John Paul II’s letter to women, Mulieris Dignitatem. The two-day workshop will be facilitated by Ms. Theresa Sanyatwe.
At the 12th IMBISA Plenary Assembly in 2019, the Bishops adopted the theme “Reinforcing communion in IMBISA for effective collegiality to respond better to the protection of children and vulnerable persons, as well as the earth, our common home,” reiterating the Church’s call to promote and raise awareness on the importance of safeguarding, and denouncing any form of abuse on every human person.
The re-visit of the Magisterial Document Mulieris Dignitatem is intended to help women in the region understand that the Church believes men and women are equal in God’s eyes. Mulieris Dignitatem presents the creation doctrine, particularly the creation of the human person as person-communion-gift. The reason a human being resembles God is because God chose to create us in his image and likeness.