2015 Speakers


 
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Dr. Mary McFarland

International Director Jesuit Common

 

Can people in refugee camps have access to higher education? Dr. Mary McFarland knows they can. She speaks about her work creating a successful education program in a seemingly forgotten community.


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Suad Mohamed

Teacher & former Refugee

 

Suad Sharif Mohamed is a young Somali girl who lived in Kakuma refugee camp in the north western part of Kenya for 17 years. She lost her elder sister, uncle and grandparents during the 1991 civil war in Somali


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Caroline Kimeu

Student

 

To end child marriage, education must be accessible, good quality, safe and girl-friendly.


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Fr. Orobator Agbonkhianmeghe

Spiritual and community leader for Jesuits in Africa

 

Why is the idea of an educated woman so difficult for so many to accept? Why is she seen as such a threat? How do we educate about education?


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Mukti Bosco

Co-Founder & Secretary General of Healing Fields

 

Mukti, a catholic lay Indian woman, who is also a social entrepreneur, thinks that it is not a dream. For the last seventeen years she has been working in the poor rural areas of India.


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Dr. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala

Scientist, Theologian & Writer

 

Dr. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala is Catholic, her husband Dr. Kalpesh Gajiwala is Hindu. Mother of three, she has been living her Christian commitment in an interfaith family for the past 25 years.


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Lesley-Anne Knight

Chief Executive Officer of The Elders

 

Lesley-Anne Knight believes strongly that combating injustice and inequality is vital to building enduring peace in the world and has been active in humanitarian and development work for more than 30 years.


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Sister Marta Pelloni

NUN 

 

Martha Pelloni is a nun from Argentina who was the driving force behind the Silent marches. These marches were catalysts for exposing a judicial cover-up over the torture,and final murder of María Soledad Morales


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Sister Hatune Dogan

Syrian Orthodox Christian nun

 

Are we doing something for the persecuted in The Middle East? Or do we just watch passively from the comfort of YOUR couch? Sister Hatune Dogan could not stay in Germany. She had to go to help the suffering.


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Ulla Gudmundson

Former Swedish ambassador to the Holy See

 

See the role of women from a different perspective.


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Martina Liebsch

Policy and Advocacy Director for Caritas Internationalis

 

Martina Liebsch is the Policy and Advocacy Director for the global confederation of 164 national Caritas organizations. She has worked with Caritas in various capacities for more than three decades.


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Tina Beattie

Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Roehampton in London

 

Tina is interested in the many ways in which women’s lives and voices form part of the Catholic theological tradition.