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From 16 to 22 May, the WUCWO Board met in Rome for its first meeting after its appointment at the General Assembly in Senegal (October 2018).

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Conference for Women's Day 2019

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On the occasion of International Women's Day, the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations, with the sponsorship of the British Embassy to the Holy See and the Embassy of Peru to the Holy See, held a conference entitled "The women promoters of hope" on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the auditorium of the International Union of Superiors General, located in Lungotevere Tor di Nona 7 in Rome.

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"Women as Promoters of Hope" - Conference on March 5th, 2019

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On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO-UMOFC), under the patronage of the Embassy of Britain to the Holy See and the Embassy of Peru to the Holy See, has the honour of presenting the conference “Women as Promoters of Hope.”

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Second Meeting with Women from Middle East 2016, Bari, Italy

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Telegram of the Holy Father and greeting from St. Peter's Square

On the starting day of the Second Conference with the Women from the Middle East and the Mediterranean, organised by WUCWO, together with FIAC and ACI, in Bari (October 19-23, 2016), Pope Francis publicly greeted the participants during the audience on Wednesday October 19 in St. Peter's Square and sent the following telegram to them.

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XX Anniversary of the International Year of the Family

20th anniversary of the international year of the family 0WUCWO has sponsored a Declaration of the Civil Society on the Occasion of the XXth Anniversary of the International year of the Family (IYF) which will take place in 2014. The aim is that its contents become a part of a resolution adopted by the United Nations on the occasion of this anniversary. Politicians, academics, representatives of NGOs as well as individual citizens the world over are invited to sign it.

More information about the declaration and an online form to sign it can be found at http://www.family2014.org/declaration.php.

Statement of Catholic-Inspired Organizations on Decent Work and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

logo cingoAs a contribution to the discussion of the post-2015 development framework, we, Catholic inspired organizations, re-affirm that the most effective route out of poverty and the ongoing global economic crisis is closely linked to the promotion of decent work and support for adequate social protection… 

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Maribeth Stewart's presentation during Board Meeting 2012

Christian commitment against human trafficking: a joint document of Caritas Internationalis and the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People

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Message of His Holiness Pope Francis on the Occasion of the International Conference "Women and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: The Challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals?"

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WUCWO and NGOs in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for the Family present Amoris Laetitia

April 2016

forumThe speakers were: Mgr. Vincenzo Paglia, President of the PCF, Mgr. Ivan Jurkovic, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva and Maria Giovanna Ruggeri, WUCWO President General. Ambassadors or representatives of more than 70 Embassies to the Holy See attended as well as about 20 directors of Catholic NGOs, special guests and journalists. 



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Jubilee of Mercy for Latin America - CAL and CELAM

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From 27-30 August 2016, 15 cardinals, 120 bishops, rectors of religious orders and Marian shrines, and lay leaders of Catholic associations of all the Americas gathered in Bogotá Colombia for a Celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of the Year of Mercy in the American Continent -and our WUCWO was there.

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In a joyous gathering, the New York Forum for Catholic NGO's celebrated its first meeting on May 31st.  Organized by Maribeth Stewart Blogoslawski, WUCWO’s representative to the United Nation’s Headquarters in New York, it was attended by 42 individuals from 34 organisations. The event marks a promising beginning for this collaborative initiative.

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SESSIONS ATTENDED AT THE UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, JUNE 2018 - May 2019, by Maribeth Stewart Blogoslawski

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June 4, 2018 - Role of Faith Based Organizations in Protecting Migrants and Refugees

November 12, 2018 - Relief and Works for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East

November 12, 2018 - Mozart Requiem to Mark the Anniversary of the End of World War I

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This report on the work of WUCWO at the United Nations in New York (ECOSOC) must necessarily give you just a brief overview of the discussions concerning the challenges and opportunities that face our world addressed at the UN in New York. The opportunity to participate in discussion groups, present formal written statements, and to attend many sessions is a responsibility and a privilege that we appreciate every time we walk onto the main plaza and see the long line of flags from the 193 Member States. Founded in the ashes of World War II, the UN remains a powerful global forum seeking to prevent further man-made disasters and to enable all citizens of our Earth to achieve a standard that provides dignity and basic human rights to all people. How could we fail to be moved when we report to attend meetings at such a forum of hope? In addition to our presence at many sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women meetings, we also attend other sessions throughout the year, many organized by the Permanent Observer of the Holy See. What follows is just a small sampling of the many topics presented and debated over the course of this WUCWO mandate.

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ONU New YorkJune 1, 2017 - Parenting and Optimal Child Development

July 12, 2017 - SDG 2 and ASDG 14: Caring for the Most Vulnerable to End Hunger and Care for the Oceans

July 14, 2018 - Importance of Nuclear Disarmament: A Discussion

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WUCWO's activities at the UN New York, June 2016 - May 2017

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UN New York (3 representatives)

61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61)  

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Pope Francis Meets with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

large PAPA Y ONU 1Pope Francis met  with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon along with his wife and members of his entourage at the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican. Secretary-General Ban also met with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, along with Archbishop Antoine Camilleri, under-Secretary for the Holy See’s Relations with States.






Intervention of H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN United Nations Security Council Open Debate on “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question” New York, 23 July 2015





The President General travelled to Geneva where she had a meeting with Nuncio Mons. Ivan Jurkovič on the collaborative work of WUCWO with the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the UN Human Rights Council, in particular for the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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The last meeting of experts of the International Forum, which is preparing the World Assembly to be held in December 2019, took place in Rome (17-18 June).

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WUCWO co-organised a parallel event about Family & Migration at the Council of Human Rights in Geneva on September 25th, 2018.
Special thanks to the organisations 
which sent their good practices that will be presented during the event. We are proud of their work to develop the globalisation of solidarity!
Let us accompany this event with our prayers.

WUCWO's activities at the UN Geneva, June 2016 - May 2017

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UN Geneva (3 representatives)


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UN Risks Credibility with Campaign Pushing Homosexual Rights

The UN human rights office has launched a media campaign promoting homosexual and transgender rights. The yearlong initiative, funded by outside sources, raises questions over the use of UN offices for what some governments will consider propaganda.

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Our possibilities of action have been written and oral statements before the Human Rights Council.

At the Human Rights Session at the UN Geneva in March 2012, WUCWO co-signed:

An oral statement on the role of Faith-Inspired Organizations in the promotion and protection of the Right to Health. 

An oral statement on The Promotion and Protection of the Right to Health of People Living with HIV: the Engagement of Faith-Inspired Organizations

A written statement: Appeal for Urgent Attention to the Situation of Children Living with HIV or with HIV/TB co-Infection

5 (five) oral statements focusing on children's rights and the right to education in the following countries: Venezuela,Thailand,Haiti,Togo and Timor Leste.

Oral statement: Right to Development: from rhetoric to action of which the main point was that the implementation of the right to development is successful only if centered on the human person.

Very important was the General Debate at the Regular Session of the Human Rights Council Panel Discussion on “Discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity”. We submitted an oral statement: “Toward Preserving the Universality of Human Rights”.  The Human Rights Commission’s report met with strong opposition and during this debate  and on March 7th the delegates of UN member states in the Organization of Islamic Conference, representing 57 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, walked out of the Palais des Nations in protest. The United States and European countries welcomed the report…

Intervention of Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič to the United Nations International Conference in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace

UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution on the Protection of the Family

The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva has recently adopted an important resolution with regards to the Protection of the Family (A/HRC/29/L.25).

WUCWO, which currently coordinates the Working Group for the Family in the Forum for Catholic Inspired NGOs, in working together with Caritas Internationalis, Fondazione Giovanni XXIII, Point Coeur and the Justice and Peace Dominicans, played a supportive role throughout the drafting and adoption of this resolution by ensuring that the views of our organisations were expressed clearly to the Egyptian representative who led the process.

Some key points of the Resolution:

-Recognizes the family as the ‘natural and fundamental’ cell of society and as an ally against poverty, saying that it should therefore be supported in sustainable development programs.

-Encourages States to consider fiscal policies, investment plans and employment opportunities with respect to their impact on the well-being of families. And even encourages them, where necessary, to create observatory bodies to monitor family policies.

-Takes into account in particular the families composed of only mothers and children, highlighting the need for policies that protect against domestic violence and discrimination against women.

-Recognizes the work done by the associations of civil society to value the role of the family.

-Encourages the United Nations to incorporate the family perspective into the work of the Objectives of Post-2015 Development (SDG).

-Requests the High Commissioner to prepare a report on the impact of the implementation by States of their obligations regarding the protection of the family.

See the Resolution in: 

WUCWO co-signs statement "Children are not for sale!"

March 2016

WUCWO co-signed an oral statement prepared and presented by APG23 at the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva which condemns the sale of children.

From Fatima to Dakar: Four years of WUCWO representation to UNESCO (2014-2018)

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WUCWO International Representative to UNESCO


During these four years, there were two UNESCO General Conferences in 2015 (38th) and 2017 (39th). I was able to meet with many delegations (Canada, Cameroon, Morocco, Egypt and some European countries), to introduce WUCWO and inform them of the existence of an NGO affiliated to WUCWO in their country.

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WUCWO at UNESCO - November 2017

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Address by WUCWO's International Representative, Maryvonne Kayser, at UNESCO at the 39th session of the General Conference.

This speech was delivered on Monday, 6 November, 2017, in a plenary session of general policy, presenting the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations.


Read de address below (in French).

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WUCWO's activities at UNESCO, June 2016 - May 2017

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UNESCO (3 representatives)


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Promoting girls scientific excellence in Gabon.

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In the framework of capacity building for science education, UNESCO is organizing the workshop on the global Microscience Experiments in Gabon from 16 to 19 September 2013.

During the whole week, more than 50 teachers in science will be trained as trainers and will have to do several experiments in chemistry.

In addition to this workshop, a dedicated exhibition will be held to celebrate the International Year of Water Cooperation. This exhibition is organized by "Deyrolles pour l’avenir" under the new framework agreement between UNESCO and Deyrolle. Teachers who attend this event will go back to their school with posters on water cycle to make aware students of primary and secondary level on the importance of water, its rarity, and its value.

See more at: http://en.unesco.org/events/promoting-girls-scientific-excellence-gabon#...

8th UNESCO Youth Forum: 45 action projects shortlisted for final selection

LOGO UNESCO Youth ForumFor the first time in its 12-year history, the outcomes of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum (29-31 October 2013) to be presented to the UNESCO General Conference (5-20 November 2013) will include, besides strategic recommendations, 15 youth-led action projects (3 projects per each of the 5 UNESCO regions). The deliberations of the independent international jury are over, and the short-list of 45 Action Projects that will be discussed at the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum is now available!

The Middle East must not lose its Christian population, cautions the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East

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FAO's 41st Session in Rome - June 2019

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Our President General attending FAO's 41st Session Conference on "The State of Food and Agriculture: Migration, Agriculture and Rural Development" in Rome, 22-29 June 2019.

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WUCWO's activities at FAO - 2018

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Our presence at FAO has developed on two different levels:

  1. By participating to the life of FORUM on Catholic inspired NGOs
  2. As member of Ad Hoc Group (AhG)which gathers most of the NGOs  acknowledged by the FAO.

The work in AhG is mostly related to the main themes which are dealt at FAO and the possible contribution we can offer.

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WUCWO's activities at FAO, June 2016 - May 2017

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FAO (2 representatives)


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WUCWO's activities at the Council of Europe - June 2018

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The migration monitoring unit


Migration: this unit is an alternative between retention and migration. A manual of good practices will be applied. NGO participation through human rights proposals.

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WUCWO's activities at the Council of Europe, June 2016 - May 2017


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European Ministers Agree: No Consensus on Abortion

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STRASBOURG, August 2, 2013 (C-FAM) European ministers disappointed abortion groups last month when they failed to say that abortion is a human right. They cited lack of consensus in Europe.


Council of Europe 2014 report

The second 2014 session of the Council of Europe took place from 7th to 11th of April in Strasbourg, France.

Part one : Activities of the PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)

Part two : A Selection of Documents

Part Three : COING (Conference of international NGO) Activities

Council of Europe June 2014 report

The third 2014 session of the Council of Europe took place from 22nd to 26th of June in Strasbourg, France.

Part one : Activities of the PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)

Part two : A Selection of Documents

Part Three : COING (Conference of international NGO) Activities