We live in times marked by change, but there are places where gender equality is being systematically overlooked. The Catholic Church is one of them.
Today, women are asking why the Church is so slow in recognizing their value and opening governance and ministerial roles to them; roles that incorporate their faith, gifts, expertise and education into structures of authority at all levels.
Our world is facing a future more meaningful by the inclusion of women in significant positions. We will not let gender inequality undermine the longevity of the Church.
Our voices stir the winds of change, so we must speak. Will Pope Francis and our pastoral leaders listen?
Join our 5th annual International Women’s Day celebration from the heart of the Vatican. Hear stories and solutions from trail-blazing Catholic women across the globe working in community, for social inclusion, gender equality and human rights.
‘Why Women Matter’’ will be thought-provoking, captivating and candid as we continue the journey for equality and inclusion of women in leadership in the Catholic Church.
Hear from Alina, a young outspoken theologian and journalist from Germany. Ssenfuka a lesbian Catholic woman pioneering LGBT rights in Uganda, acountry where same-sex relations are punishable by life in prison. Learn from Mary McAleese, the eighth president of Ireland about the leadership roles women can and must play in our Church. Get inspired by Joana who came to her role as Jesuit Refugee Services Program Director in Chad, Africa after a lifetime of volunteering with poor and marginalised communities.
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Date: Thursday 8th March 2018
Where: The Aula inside the Jesuit Curia, Rome
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Cost: FREE but only with online registration: https://
With special thanks to our partners and sponsors Jesuit Refugee Services, Fidel Gotz Foundation and Raskob, this event is free to attend, however it is compulsory to register online as the Jesuit Curia have strict security policies we must adhere to. Without proper registration you will not be admitted entry.