76, retired after 45 years working as gynaecologist in Brussels, Libreville/Gabon and Conakry/Guinea. At present engaged in voluntary A&E pastoral work.
In addition in Conakry she helped build the new parish church, presbytery and secondary school with the financial help of “Missio”/ Sternsingeraktion (Star Singers Epiphany fundraising).
Member of the Schoenstatt Mothers’ Federation since 1972.
I was particularly touched by the situation of girls and women in West Africa. Until they marry their father takes all the decisions about them – with little emphasis on the need for a good education. Then the husband or his family take over. When they marry women become the “property” of the husband’s family, which in many instances exploits them, making them work to the limits of their strength, and at the same time expects them to have many children.
Also with regard to medical care the girls have to give their brothers precedence if there isn’t enough money to pay for both.
After meeting Fr Kentenich in 1966/67 on a number of occasions, and hearing his talks on our childhood before God, I was able to discover God’s daily influence on my life, and felt constantly upheld by him.
In my opinion women must be (allowed) to contribute far more intensively to the Church and society, especially in important posts and leadership positions. We women have to actively initiate the important re-structuring this requires.
I want to continue to be involved in improving the situation of women and girls worldwide in the Church and society.