Joana Gomes - In the footsteps of Jesus, what's so different about a woman's vocation?
When she was 18 years old, Joana Gomes had her first encounter with poverty and simplicity volunteering with children and their families in the favelas of Brazil, which moved her to study social work after returning to her native, Portugal. She went on to volunteer at a camp with migrants in Burgos, Spain and then joined a project in Sicily supporting asylum seekers with integration through cultural mediation. Her passion was ignited to address this issue wherever it may be happening in the world. Joana quit her job as a social worker at a private Jesuit school to travel to Chad, Africa where she currently serves as a Project Director for the Jesuit Refugee Service. She will demonstrate why female leadership is so important in the fight for human rights and share personal stories of resilience and hope amid a harrowing global crisis that sees the displacement of millions of men, women and children.