International Women’s Day: Archbishop in Chad Calls for “respect” for Women

Archbishop Goetbé Edmond Djitangar of Chad’s N’Djamena Archdiocese. Credit: Cloche TV

Ahead of the  annual event of the International Women’s Day (IWD) marked March 8, the Archbishop of Chad’s N’Djamena Archdiocese has called for respect and consideration for women in Church and society.

In his message issued March 3, Archbishop Goetbé Edmond Djitangar reminded women of the role they are called to play in society, in order to restore the nobility of their vocation “as women”.

“Women, you are not only a numerically important component of this Church, but you deserve respect for the quality and remarkable way in which you live your vocation as companions of men, generators, educators and factors of stability in family, ecclesial and social life,” Archbishop Djitangar said.

The Chadian Archbishop said women showed “great creativity and often juggle in difficult conditions and with little financial means to ensure the minimum necessary for the members of their families.’

“You deserve respect and consideration for your generosity,” the Archbishop said.


He added, “Woman, God's last creature, is the crown of his creation. Indeed of all God's creatures destined to keep man (Adam) company, only woman (Eve) is welcomed by him as the creature best suited to support him in his solitude.”

The Local Ordinary of N’Djamena said, “Man thus establishes a special relationship with this new creature mysteriously born of him, a relationship based on the recognition of the identity of their nature and their equal dignity, for they are both of the same flesh and created 'in the image and likeness of God.”

“This was the basis of God's thinking in creating the first human couple, called to live and find their balance and fulfillment in complementarity,” the Archbishop said.

The 71-year-old Catholic Bishop who started his Episcopal Ministry in February 1992 as Local Ordinary of Chad’s Sarh Diocese urged Christian women to be in the front line of the battle to correct what he described as “a caricatured image of women” conveyed by people’s traditional upbringing.”

Such a distorted image of a woman “is not enlightened by the Gospel”, the Archbishop said, and urged the Christian women to “restore the nobility of your vocation as women.”

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“The mission entrusted by God to women is a noble one, and must not be deviated from by ideological drifts or perverse human behavior,” the Local Ordinary of N’Djaména Archdiocese who also serves as the President of the Episcopal Conference of Chad (CET) said.

He said, “If every era in the history of the Church shows us saintly women, widowed wives or single women, generously committed to evangelization and devoted to the service of charity or the support of ecclesiastical works, our era and our Church-Family of God also has its saints whom we ignore. They are here among you,” Archbishop Djitangar said.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.