Center of Concern Announces Release of Online Educational Resource Celebrating Women's History Month

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New Education for Justice Project resource seeks to inspire others to follow examples of thirty-one women recognized for providing leadership on peace and justice.

Pat Finan and Sr Dianna Ortiz OSU collaborate on Education for Justice Project "Women's History Month" resource

Director of Education for Justice Project Pat Finan says, "Every time I read the calendar, I ponder what more I can do?"

The Center of Concern's Education for Justice Project participates in "Women's History Month" celebration by releasing a new calendar-based resource that recognizes the contributions of women whose lives demonstrate leadership on issues of peace and justice. The March interactive calendar's content, researched and created by Sr. Dianna Ortiz OSU, EFJ's associate director, offers a leader's profile for each day of the month. The calendar's interactive design, based on a grid, allows easy access to stories, quotes, prayers, reflection questions, and additional resources.

Director of the Center's Education for Justice Project Pat Finan says, "It's something we hope will inspire everybody who uses it, from students in high school classrooms to retirees clicking through it on their home computers. These are stories of courageous women who sacrificed and risked—even to death—for justice. It's humbling and compelling. Every time I read the calendar, I ponder what more I can do?"

Ortiz advises that the women selected for the 2014 calendar profiles may not have been seen in headlines. She says, "You may not immediately recognize these women, but they are not 'sideline' women. These women witnessed injustice inflicted on others and mustered the courage not only to speak truth to those in power. but also to walk an arduous journey of hope with the most vulnerable in communities around our world."

The EFJ team proposes engagement with their resource as a daily exercise to experience the stories of the leaders in relationship to one another. Ortiz says, "Do we dare to learn what their lives try to teach us day-by-day? Do we dare to act today and tomorrow for justice?"

The Center of Concern's Education for Justice Project promotes outreach and education on Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and social justice issues through its subscription-based resource service. The Project provides resource materials, presentations, training and consultations to Catholic high schools and colleges, to diocesan offices and groups, to parishes, small faith communities, and to a variety of networks and organizations.

Founded in 1971, the Center of Concern researches, educates, and advocates from Catholic social tradition in order to create a world where economic, political, and cultural systems promote sustainable flourishing of the global community.

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