Schaan (LI) / Vatican, 16 February 2015
International Women’s Day ‒ strong women share their stories at the heart of the Vatican
The second Voices of Faith storytelling event brings together extraordinary Catholic women from all over the world. The event will be streamed on http://www.voicesoffaith.org starting at 15:00 Central European Time (14:00 UTC) on 8 March.
On International Women’s Day they will share their stories on how they accompany the poor and fight for human dignity. This extraordinary storytelling event will happen at the heart of the Vatican at the Casina Pio IV.
As part of the event, the € 20,000 “Women Sowers of Development” prize from Caritas Internationalis and Voices of Faith will be awarded.
Among the speakers are these remarkable women:
· Mukti Bosco is co-founder and secretary general of Healing Fields and an Ashoka Fellow. She will share insights into what it takes to make quality healthcare affordable and accessible to the poor and marginalised in India.
· Sr Hatune Dogan, the Founder of Hatune Foundation International, will talk about putting her life in jeopardy in dangerous places to help persecuted minority Christians in the Middle East.
· Mary McFarland is co-founder and international director of Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM). She will tell the remarkable story of how they created distance learning for higher education in refugee camps. With her at the storytelling event is Suad Mohamed, a former Somali refugee who participated in the JC:HEM programme and finally earned her diploma.
· Sr Marta Pelloni founded Infancia Robada (National Stolen Childhood Network). She will tell the audience how they fight against domestic violence, the trafficking of women and children, and organised corruption.
For detailed information about all the speakers participating at the Voices of Faith storytelling event, the program, and to access the live streaming, please go to http://www.voicesoffaith.org.
Women Sowers of Development Prize
As part of the event on International Women’s day, the “Women Sowers of Development” prize from Caritas Internationalis and Voices of Faith will be awarded. “The prize recognises projects which highlight the contribution of women to secure food and improve the livelihoods of their families and communities. Through this project, women are empowered to take a more active role in their communities,” says Michel Roy, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis. “By listening to the stories of these women, we make their efforts visible, we learn more about the importance of women’s empowerment and how important it is for the Church to value it.”
In many parts of the world, women have less access than men to resources like credit, education and land. If women had equal access to resources, globally 100 to 150 million people could be lifted out of hunger.