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The Catholic Women’s Council (CWC), is a coalition of Catholic women’s groups and networks from different countries which are joining together for a pilgrimage towards Rome. Through virtual and local initiatives, these groups are setting an example for dignity and equality in the life of the Church. The understanding of equal dignity and equal rights is at the forefront of all events, which are intended to facilitate meetings on an equal basis within the framework of a virtual pilgrimage until the autumn of 2022.

All events, requirements and statements will be presented through our member groups to the communities, the national bishop’s conferences as well as to national and regional representatives.

We celebrate the conclusion of our pilgrimage towards a truly synodal gender-just Church in Rome with a Synod of Women. In Rome, we will present locally and virtually, our wishes and our goals to those responsible and jointly stand up together for dignity, equality and justice in our church.

We hope that the initiatives of our member groups will inspire, uncover and express the hopes, commonalities and issues confronted by many Catholics around the world.

Events and Initiatives

The different virtual and physical pilgrimages  should lead to a better understanding of the perspectives, strengths and struggles of Catholic women around the world. We hope that through common understanding with our sisters, different voices around the world can come together in a harmonious vision of hope for the Church.

All events and initiatives are organised by the CWC member groups. Find out where your local CWC event is taking place or join an online virtual initiative.

Not an affiliated group of CWC? Click here to find out how your group can join.

Initiatives location

Structures in the Church – Structures, Accountability & Transparency: Third CWC International Meeting

The Catholic Women’s Council cordially invites you to its third Global Listening Session on 10 May 2022. This time the meeting will be prepared by a group of women from India and other Asian countries. Speaker: Dr Kochurani Abraham. Contributions by Dr Rachael Sanchez and other Regional presenters. Simultaneous translation in English, German, Italian, French and Spanish.
Tuesday, 10th May 2022 || EDT 07:30 | Mexico 06:30 | CEST 13:30 | IST 17:00  | PST 19:30 | AEST 21:30


The Catholic Women's Council is pleased to invite you to its 2nd global Listening Session on 09th April 2022. The meeting will be organised by different European groups from Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland and will focus on the theme "Power, Participation & Representation."
9th April 2022 | CEST 14:00 | CST 06:00 | CDT 07:00 | EDT 08:00 | BRT 09:00 | EAT 15:00 IST 17:30 | PST 20:00 | AEST 22:00

International Day of the Deaconess 2022

If the church wants to become sustainable worldwide, it must find a different way of dealing with many issues. This is as obvious as it is urgent in the case of the diaconate for women, which has been demanded for a long time - from the USA to India! We are convinced that this change is possible. And it is indispensable.
29th April 2022 | 17.00 Live Stream


“Synod of Catholic Women” Global group of Roman Catholic Networks working for full recognition of dignity and equality in the Church
9th & 10th March 2022: Chile 1200 hours | Mexico 0900 hours | Brazil 1200 hours | Columbia 1000 hours | Guatemala 0900 hours | Dominican Republic 1100 hours | Madrid 1600 hours | Rome 1600 hours | India 2030 hours

Synod 2021-2023: Listening to Women (Lent course by CWS)

The Catholic Church is currently engaged in a two-year process of dialogue, discernment, reflection and feedback, which will inform and guide the Synod of Bishops gathering in Rome in 2023. This initiative is being supported by parishes, dioceses, networks and groups around the world, which are gathering information to send to the Vatican later this year. Catherine of Siena College (CSC) is partnering with Catholic Women Speak (CWS) to offer a six week course during Lent, exploring a wide range of theological and pastoral perspectives and personal stories from Catholic women around the world. We hope that this will be a resource for individuals and groups seeking to engage with the struggles and hopes of Catholic women from different cultures and contexts. This course was designed by Professor Tina Beattie, Director of Catherine of Siena College. It comprises a weekly recorded video lecture by Tina, a weekly live Zoom seminar, an online discussion forum and access to a wide range of online resources (audio-visual and textual).

Catholic Women Theologians and Jesuit Institute

Catholic Women Theologians, based in Johannesburg, in collaboration with the Jesuit institute is inviting all women who are interested to take part in a zoom meeting to share your experience as a woman in the church and to listen to other women share theirs. We will divide into smaller groups for sharing and themes which emerge from the groups will be included in a report on the issue of women in the church. This will be shared by the diocese as a report to the Synod which will meet in Rome in October 2023. If you are interested in taking part in this process, please register for ONE of the following evenings.
South Africa
February 16th 2022: 6pm-7pm OR February 24th: 6pm-7pm

How to live Christ consciousness in us?

We would like to inform you that How do we live the Christ consciousness in us? has been rescheduled from 03 Feb 2022 11:00 to Saturday 05 Feb 2022 12:00 pm Mexico 19:00 hrs. Spain We hope this will not be an inconvenience for you and that we can meet at How is Christ consciousness lived in us? To keep up to date, please check the event details.
Saturday 05 Feb 2022 12:00 pm Mexico 19:00 hrs. Spain

View Previous Initiatives

The CWC network has carried out joint global actions and its own locally organised initiatives. Click on the button below to learn about the past pilgrim actions.

Express yourself

We want to know, what dignity and equality mean to you as a Catholic. Express your ideas in your own creative way – it could be an inspiring message or a vision of the future of our Church, an artwork, a poem or a song. Share a symbol, a sign or a story. We are curious about what you want to add to our mosaique!

Click the pictures below to see how other Catholics around the world are expressing themselves.

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