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“Our Church looks forward to working with you to improve the opportunities for education and self-reliance for women,” said Camille N. Johnson, Relief Society General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a meeting with Minister of Women Celina Lezcano in Asunción, Paraguay, in mid-September. President Johnson was joined by Susan H. Porter, Primary General President, during a 10-day ministry and outreach visit to Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay.
Presidents Johnson and Porter met with government organizations that assist women facing vulnerable situations in Paraguay and in Córdoba, Argentina. The organizations provide education, support services to families and resources to develop self-reliance.
In both countries, representatives from the Ministry of Women welcomed and hosted the Church leaders. Government officials shared their awareness of the Church’s engagement with women and their positive impact. “We recognize the presence of your Church as a key player in our community,” said Claudia Martinez, minister of women in Córdoba, Argentina. “We look forward to this new opportunity to collaborate in efforts to assist and protect women.”
Presidents Johnson and Porter were impressed by a resource center in Argentina that helps women in domestic violence situations. It houses a secure area for women, immediate legal counsel, services for children and rehabilitation programs.
In addition to governmental outreach, the Church leaders also ministered to Church members. They held meetings for young parents, a devotional for single women, interactive meetings for families with children and training for congregational leaders.
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