Clare Perkins, Mary Hammermaster and Kingscliff coordinator Val Gregor are looking forward to World Day of Prayer at St Anthony’s Catholic Church, Kingscliff, and around the Tweed Shire.
Clare Perkins, Mary Hammermaster and Kingscliff coordinator Val Gregor are looking forward to World Day of Prayer at St Anthony’s Catholic Church, Kingscliff, and around the Tweed Shire. Colin Gilmore

Women pray for justice

KINGSCLIFF and Tweed Shire women have prayed for continued or strengthened women's rights.

In some unfortunate and, regrettably, swept-under-the-rug cases they might pray for deliverance from discrimination or outright abuse.

During World Day of Prayer on March 2, Malaysia may be the focus of personal discussions with God at St Anthony's Catholic Church.

Kingscliff coordinator from the Catholic church Val Gregor said in the past few years Malaysian women have made "tangible contributions toward social and economic development of their nation".

"Various skills and entrepreneurial training programs and financial assistance schemes have helped reduce poverty," Ms Gregor said.

"Despite the progress made, women face the difficulties of discrimination and violence at all levels of their society."

Let Justice Prevail is the day's 2012 theme, and Malaysia is the host nation.

Chile hosted the event during 2011 with the theme: How Many Loaves Have You?

"There's a lot of poverty there (Chile)," Ms Gregor said.

"Here too, but nothing compared to those countries.

"So we'll pray for justice and peace - justice more than anything.

"There's a lot of discrimination around the world of women and children.

"Here, unemployed or single mothers trying to live on a pension or wage might struggle.

"There's a lot of charities we have here other countries don't."

The day was mainly arranged by women, she said, as women were less likely to be working, which again created a local contrast.

"We do invite the men.

"The main objective is bringing the women together through prayer, it's non-denominational (multi-faith) and everybody is welcome; especially the men."

World Day of Prayer used to be called Women's World Day of Prayer.

"But so many men brought their wives and felt they were left out," Ms Gregor said.

"So we cut out the 'Women's', and it's strongly recognised in Australia - in 99% of the country towns and villages."

All churches attending central events have parts to play, once hosts such as St Anthony's have opened proceedings.

Kingscliff's Uniting Church will host the day next year.

The St Anthony's service will begin at 10am on March 2, proceed for one hour, after which a cup of tea will be served in the Parish Hall.

Ms Gregor said out of respect for Malaysia and other impoverished nations, only sandwiches and biscuits will be served at tea.

"Because those poorer nations can't afford a big spread," she said.

Visit worlddayofprayeraustralia.org or phone Mary on 07 5524 5774 for more information.



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