In Fiji the National Catholic Women’s League will be hosting the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisation (WUCWO) meeting in Suva.
League president Selina Lee Wah said preparation had started as the meeting, which would bring in participants from 13 countries, will be held in May.
The World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) was founded in 1910 and now represents 100 Catholic women’s organisations worldwide, active in 66 countries including all continents and some island states.
It represents more than five million Catholic women of every walk of life.
WUCWO’s aim is to promote the presence, participation and co-responsibility of Catholic women in society and the Church.
It seeks to help women fulfil their mission of evangelisation and to work for human development, particularly in increasing educational opportunities, poverty reduction and the advancement of human rights beginning with the fundamental right to life.
Lee Wah said the meeting would cover various issues, including human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
“We have started liaising with executives of WUCWO and we expect about 500 women to be part of the week-long conference,” she said.
“This year is the year of mercy for the Catholic Church and it will be a good opportunity to review our roles in communities in looking after one another.”
Lee Wah said the meeting would also discuss how the Catholic women’s groups could be good role models as mothers and wives.
“These roles are not only to our families but to the community as a whole and basically looking at how Jesus lived and how important it is for us to follow him,” she said.
In January the Fiji Catholic Women’s League set its National Strategic Plan for the next four years after their three-day workshop at the Immaculate Conception Parish Hall in Lami.
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