The Indispensable Role of Women in Family Education: The Centrality of Their Position in the Stages of Human Formation in Interreligious Dialogue in Africa
International Journal of Philosophy
Volume 6, Issue 4, December 2018, Pages: 115-124
Received: Nov. 6, 2018; Accepted: Nov. 29, 2018; Published: Dec. 24, 2018
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Maria Natalia Ajayi, Department of Religious Studies, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
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The Catholic Church has always proposed that “dialogue” is born from an attitude of respect for the other person, from a conviction that the other person is not just created in the image and likeness of God but more importantly because the other person has something good to say and to offer. In this context, the genius of women stands out as a positive asset in the family in passing societal values to humanity through family education because it is the duty of women to teach men to be human. Therefore, the aim of family education in interreligious dialogue is very important because its objective is to work together to build a communal future for the human race. John Paul II, popularly known as the saint for the family described the family as the way of the Church. For him, the family is the first and vital cell of the society, and also the cradle of faith. Hence, when one reflects on this deeply, the family becomes the most essential and most effective place where interreligious dialogue and its values can take its root. The family founded on love and life becomes the place where mutual dialogue begins. The individual is acknowledged as the other and each is grateful that each person is unique and is different from the other. Henceforth, this is where women, especially mothers have the greatest share of responsibility towards universal fraternity. Thus, the paper sets out to discuss the centrality of the role of women in family education and interreligious dialogue as interrelated because if mutual respect, peace and universal fraternity are to be achieved in interreligious dialogue, then women have an indispensable role in the family to make this attainable.
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Genius of Women, Inter-religious Dialogue, Family Education, Human Formation, Peace and Mutual Understanding
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Maria Natalia Ajayi, The Indispensable Role of Women in Family Education: The Centrality of Their Position in the Stages of Human Formation in Interreligious Dialogue in Africa, International Journal of Philosophy. Vol. 6, No. 4, 2018, pp. 115-124. doi: 10.11648/j.ijp.20180604.12
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