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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.


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

Walk in her Shoes – International Women’s Day 2021

We feel the need to learn to "walk in the shoes of others" in our pilgrimage for equal dignity and equal rights in the Church, together with women from all over the world.
8 March | Global Action

Persisting Patriarchy: Religion and Resistance in Catholic Women’s Lives

Catherine of Siena College decided to hold a series of monthly seminars on "Faith in a Changing World", starting with this exciting discussion between two radical feminist Catholic scholars - Kochurani Abraham from Kerala and Anupama Ranawana from Sri Lanka.
27 February | 13:30pm UK

An Evening with Witty Women & Wine by Voices of Faith

Listen, learn and laugh with us as Lisa Koetter reads from her book "SILENCE WAS YESTERDAY - the uprising of women in the Catholic Church". Christiane Florin will ask questions about the status of the uprising. The event will be held in German, but will be translated live into English.
27 March | 19:00 CET

Abuse and Reform in the Catholic Church with Doris Wagner

We Are Church Ireland presents Doris Reisinger (Wagner) who was a nun for 8 years, but left after being abused by priests. She campaigns for reforms to protect religious.
15 March | 7:30pm GMT

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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