On Monday,  22nd June at 9.30 pm UK time (8.30 am on Tuesday, 23rd June New Zealand time), Tina Beattie was in a Zoom conversation with Peruvian theologian Rocio Figueroa about her experiences as a Catholic woman during this time of global crisis. The conversation was livestreamed on the Catholic Women Speak Facebook page and a YouTube recording is available here.

Dr Rocio Figueroa Alvear is a Peruvian theologian, lecturer in systematic theology at Good Shepherd College in Auckland and an external researcher at the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at Otago University, New Zealand. She has a bachelor’s degree and licence in theology from the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Lima and her doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. She has previously lectured in Peru, Italy, and Mexico and worked with indigenous women in Mexico as head of the project “Emprende y Crece”. She worked in the Holy See as head for the women’s section in the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Figueroa’s research has focused on theological and pastoral responses for survivors of Church sexual abuse.  She advocates for survivors of sexual abuse and women’s rights.

Rocio’s webpage is at this link, and her blog is at this link. Her academic papers are available here. She also works with the Shiloh Project, which focuses on rape culture, religion and the Bible.