Nairobi, 21 July, 2022 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The challenges women face, including those triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic such as gender-based violence and cultural negativities, can be addressed using theological and biblical approaches, a Catholic Nun in Kenya has said.
In her presentation on the second day of the July 19-22 biannual Pan-African Catholic Congress on Theology, Society, and Pastoral Life, Sr. Mary Nzilani said that the pandemic not only threatened the physical health of women but also negatively affected their emotional and mental well-being.
“About the challenges, it is good to find something that can help women especially towards continuous formation for them to be liberated,” Sr. Nzilani said in her Wednesday, July 20 presentation at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Nairobi, and added in reference to women, “This we get from the biblical and theological insights to revitalize them.”
She reflected on the biblical statement that all human beings are made in the image and likeness of God and underscored the need for respect across gender, saying, the “meaning and fullness of human kind is realized not only in the man but also in the woman.”
In applying a theological approach, the member of the Sisters of Mary Mother of God, Mombasa Archdiocese, underscored the need for pastoral care for women who were traumatized and depressed amid COVID-19 challenges.