SAVE THE DATE: Thursday 3rd October 2019, Biblioteca Vallicelliana, Piazza della Chiesa Nuova, Rome 

Many times in the history of Christianity, religious sisters stood at the frontiers of change. As prophets and pioneers, atuned to the movements of the Holy Spirit, they have discovered new horizons of our faith in changing times.

In October 2019 another Bishops’ Synod will gather in Rome to discern the future of the Catholic Church in Amazonia. Yet women religious who outnumber brothers almost 10 to 1 globally and whose female superiors have the same canonical status as brother superiors, do not have the right to vote at these Synods. This must change if we want to see equality in the leadership of our Church.



Confirmed Speakers

More speakers to come

Sister Madeleine Fredell

Sister Madeleine Fredell, OP

theologian and secretary general of the Swedish Justice and Peace Commission

Dors Wagner

Doris Wagner

former nun, author and theologian, Germany

Sister Irene Gassmann

Sister Irene Gassmann, OSB

Prioress of the benedictine convent of Fahr, SWITZERLAND

Sr. Shalini Mulackal

Sister Shalini Mulackal, PBVM

FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD AS president of the Indian Theological AssociatioN, NEW DELHI, INDIA

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Sister Teresa Forcades, OSB

theologian, physician, ACTIVIST NUN FROM monastery of Sant Benet de Montserrat, Catalonien, Spain

Sister Chris Burke IBVM

Sister Chris Burke, IBVM


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Previous Events:


Women’s Voices in the Abuse Crisis: November 2018

Opening address: Professor Cettina Militello

Part 1: "Voices of Truth - Stories of Strength and Survival"

Part 2: Panel Discussion "The Silence of the Church Speaks Volumes"

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IWD Past Speakers







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These are the voices that work with us to advance gender equality in the leadership of the Catholic Church.


Sally Axworthy
British Ambassador to the Holy See

Melissa Hitchman
Australian Ambassador to the Holy See

Father Thomas H Smolich, SJ
International Director of Jesuit Refugee Service

Tricia Lorenzo
Business Development Consultant

Samantha Lin
Russell Berrie Fellow in Interreligious Studies

Sr. Simone Campbell
Executive Director of Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Dr Scilla Elworthy
Founder of Peace Direct and Rising Women, Rising World

Stephanie Lorenzo
Founder of Project Futures

Kerry Robinson
The Global Ambassador of the Leadership Roundtable

Marguerite Barankitse
Founder of Maison Shalom

Ambassador Miroslava Rosas Vargas
Panama Ambassador to the Holy See

Flavia Agnes
Co-founder of Majlis Legal Centre

Prof. Katharina Westerhorstmann
Prof. of Moral Theology at the Catholic University in Eichstatt-Ingolstadt


Dr. Mirreille Twayigira
Intern at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital

Shadan & Nagham
Twin sisters from Homs, Syria

Sr. Eugenia Bonetti
Chairperson of SlavesNoMore