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The Catholic Women’s Council (CWC) is a coalition of Catholic women’s groups and networks representing five continents, various countries, language and cultural groups, which are joining together on a pilgrimage towards Rome. Through virtual, local and global initiatives, these groups will express their creativity and discovery of the dignity and equality of women in the Church.

In the months leading ahead, initiatives by CWC affiliated groups will be shared below with the goal to explore the understanding of equal dignity and equal rights in the Church. Each pilgrimage can take many different forms. We challenge you to be creative! There will be meetings, lectures, common prayers, conversations, artistic expressions, concerts, debates, dancing, bicycle trips and more. We hope these initiatives by our member groups will inspire, uncover and express the hope, the commonalities and the struggles that many Catholics grapple with around the world.

Our Goal

These virtual and physical pilgrimages will lead our united groups to better understand the perspectives, strengths and struggles of Catholic women around the world. We hope that through shared understanding with our global sisters, different voices can come together in a harmonious vision of hope for the Church.

Events and Initiatives

All events and initiatives are organised by CWC affiliated groups. Find out below where your local CWC event is happening or join an online, virtual initiative.

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

Initiatives location

The Open Table – Women’s Emmaus Experience

The Indian Women Theologians Forum invites you to Encounter the Risen Christ at The Open Table - Women's Emmaus Experience. Sharing by Sr Joel SCN and Dr John Wijngaards on their Emmaus Experience, followed by a virtual sharing of a Meal with the Risen Christ. Register at
Date: Saturday 17 April, 2021 Time: 5.00 p.m. - 6.30 p. IST

Webinar: Women in art and their looks

Graduate in Fine Arts (UCM) and Graduate in Applied Arts. With a clear commitment to equality, gender violence and the visibility of women artists, Concha Mayordomo has participated in many national and international exhibitions and her work can be found in public and private collections. She is an independent curator with an extensive career of more than thirty exhibitions, including those made with the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Costume Museum of Madrid and the City of Madrid. She is a disseminator of the work of women in the art world, a regular participant in round tables and lectures in art spaces. She has been executive director of the 2nd Miradas de Mujeres Festival and member of the Board of Directors of MAV (Women in the Visual Arts). She co-directs BLANCO, NEGRO Y MAGENTA - LA REVISTA. She collaborates in the digital editions of EL PAIS, HUFFINGTON POST, LA HORA DIGITAL and TRIBUNA FEMINISTA, and in parallel maintains the blog MUJERES EN EL ARTE. She has been awarded in 2019 in the modality ART AND CULTURE of the XII edition of the awards PARTICIPANDO CREAMAMOS ESPACIO DE IGUALDAD of the City Council of Madrid and in 2007 AWARD FOR CULTURAL WORK of the City Council of Alcobendas (Madrid). The event will be in Spanish. To Register, click on MORE INFO
Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 12:00 hrs Mexico | 19:00 hrs Spain | Facebook Live: Feminist Theology

Preparing a feminist Easter

For the next Sophia's Gazette, we need your help, do you want to participate? All you have to do is give ideas about feminist resistances to the theologies of the cross. Suggestions for women to stop carrying the cross of guilt, sin, evil, sacrifice, atonement? What do you have in mind? a) Enter through the participate button, b) on the platform, click on the + sign at the bottom right hand side c) write your suggestion. We will share the results in the next issue of the Gazette, which will be published on April 15. Register on Tras las huellas
Easter 2021

Webinar Around the table: Teologanda, women doing theologies

Tras las huellas de Sophia invites you to theo-sophiar with Virginia Raquel Azcuy, Silvina Repullo, Nany Raimondo and Paula Carman on 25 March 2021, 7:00 p.m. Mexico City and 22:00 hrs. Argentina. Register to join the Zoom webinar. You will also be able to join via Facebook Live: Teología Feminista
25 March 2021 7:00 p.m. Mexico City 22:00 hrs. Argentina

Instituted ministries and voting in the Synod: what (really) changes for women?

We would like to offer an in-depth look at the Motu Proprio Spiritus Domini, which allowed women access to the lettorato and accolytate, and the appointment of Sister Nathalie Becquart as vice-secretary of the Synod of Bishops, with voting rights, the first time for a woman. We are fortunate to have the collaboration of two brilliant and well-prepared lecturers who will help us understand what is REALLY changing for women with these changes: Serena Noceti (ecclesiologist) and Pierluigi Consorti (canonist). The appointment is for March 27 at 10:30 am. The event will be in Italian
27th March 10.30 a.m. CET

With voice and vote. Women-Church at the International Level

If you were not able to watch the webinar live, we invite you to enjoy the uploaded version. We look forward to your comments on this link. The event is in Spanish.
18th March 2021

CWC invites you to Share your vocation Story with us!

On 8 March, International Women’s Day, we invite you to share your testimonies with us. Write down what drives you, how you live your faith, what vocation you feel called to. How have you responded to God’s call in your life? How do you feel about the fact that women’s vocations are not spoken about in the church? What is your hope?Please submit your story to Submissions will be published anonymously if you wish.
8th March 2021

Australian Women Preach – Raising the voices of Australian women preaching the Gospel

We're delighted to share news of a new podcast - Australian Women Preach. Launching on International Women's Day on 8 March 2021, and running the 30 weeks leading into the Australian Catholic Church’s historic Plenary Council in October, the podcast will raise the voices of women breaking open the Word of God in ways that are meaningful to people today.
8th March 2021

Past Initiatives

The CWC network has run common global actions as well as their own locally led initiatives. Click on the button below to browse past pilgrimage 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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