Catholic charity aims to empower women on peripheries and beyond

For this year’s International Women’s Day, the global Catholic charity organisation Caritas Internationalis has published a new booklet exploring both the spiritual foundation of women’s leadership and giving voice to female protagonists around the world.

In a forward for the booklet titled “Equality, Encounter and Renewal”, which was published March 7, Sister Alessandra Smerilli, secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, lamented the historic marginalisation of women around the world.

“Despite the equal dignity of every human person, historically over the centuries, in so many aspects of life, women have not been allowed access to the same opportunities men have had,” she said.

Apart from facing numerous barriers to opportunity, women and girls, she said, “have also disproportionately been innocent victims of violations against human dignity.”

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