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No. 37 • July - December 2003 • Page 81
 
 
 
 •  Initiatives
 

Ibadan (Nigeria) -- The role of women in society

Aster Hall, a university residence in Ibadan, organized a seminar to reflect on the role of women in society.

Dr. Nwagi, a professor of psychotherapy, entitled her address “The Valiant Woman.” She pointed out that a strong woman is one who understands her role in society as rooted in her responsibility as a mother. Vera Egbuonu, a secondary school teacher, spoke on “Human tone and cultural formation,” stressing that a well-educated woman always gives a high tone to wherever she finds herself. She also emphasized the importance of material care for the home and the workplace. Attention to small details contributes to creating a pleasant atmosphere and encourages a spirit of service.

The second topic, “In the world without being worldly,” was directed by Veronica Igbanugo, a professor of psychology. Her presentation developed aspects of the homily “Passionately Loving the World,” which St. Josemaría preached in 1967 at the University of Navarre. She stressed that the world is good because it comes from God’s hands and that mankind has the task of making it better by working for the common good of society.

The last speaker, Margaret Aziba, who works in university administration, centered her talk on the immense task that women have in regard to revitalizing society, through their function in the home. She referred to the attack on family unity resulting from the wave of sensuality that one sees in today’s society, which should stir parents to responsibly confront their task as educators of their children.


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