Virginia Saldanha has had extensive experience working in the Catholic Church including being an Executive Council member of Pax Christi International, Board Member of UCANews, the Executive Secretary of the Women’s Desk of the Archdiocese of Bombay & of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences Office of Laity, Family & Women.
She began to engage with the issue of Sex Abuse of Women in the Church from 1998 onwards as Exec. Secretary of the CBCI Commission for Women. Through this time victims of clergy sex abuse approached her with their stories, asking for help to address the issue. Virginia decided to tackle the issue head on, first locally in Mumbai and then expanded it to include women across India. She worked on three consultations on Gender Relations in the Church from 2010 to 2013 and worked with a team on preparing the policy for the Catholic Church in India on the ‘Sexual Abuse of Vulnerable Persons’.
Today, Virginia is the Secretary of the Indian Women Theologians Forum & Ecclesia of Women in Asia. She continues to work with women’s organizations on issues of violence against women and she is on the board of Majlis Cultural & Legal Centre, Mumbai.