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No. 49 • July - December 2009 • Page 345
 •  Initiatives

Aguascalientes, Mexico -- Culture of the family

VOCESS is a civil association with its seat in the city of Aguascalientes, whose aim is to strengthen women as the hinge and pillar of the family and society. The young women who initiated this project found their inspiration in the teachings of St. Josemaría. Topics that will be considered in upcoming years include: Women and the Family, Women and Self-Esteem, Women and Professional Work.

The association began its operations in November 2008 with a preparatory event for the Sixth World Congress of Families that took place in Mexico City in January 2009. The 2008 program included conferences and workshops for children, adolescents, young people, couples, grandparents and entire families. It also included a photographic competition entitled “A Look at the Family.” The jury had a hard time choosing the twelve winning photos, which now form part of the VOCESS 2010 Calendar that depicts the family values the association promotes.

One of the most popular activities was the session by Gerardo Morales, a young man with cerebral palsy who—with the help of his computer—transmitted to the audience his joy at being alive and his gratitude for the indispensable help he receives from his family.

Currently VOCESS is working on several projects to communicate the meaning of the family in an attractive way. Notable among them is the research being carried out in various Mexican cities about the situation of women who work outside the home. The results will be presented at the Seventh World Congress of Families that will be held in Milan in 2012. The work of the association is spreading throughout the region, with branches being opened in Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi, Queretaro and Zacatecas.

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