World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations announces online conference

On 5th March  from 3 pm to 4.30 pm (CET) in occasion of the International Women’s Day, you are invited to participate at online conference “Women Sowing Seeds of Peace and Cultivating Encounter.”

This  event, organised by the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) in collaboration with the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue and with the sponsorship of some Embassies to the Holy See, aims to reflect and react as women and men of faith to the culture of peace and encounter.

As Pope Francis reminds us “our greatest and yet most fragile treasure is our shared humanity as brothers and sisters, children of God. And that none of us can be saved alone” (Message for the 56th World Day of Peace 2023).

The event will start with the opening remarks of Card. Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, MCCJ – Prefect of the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue (DID), and Mónica Santamarina (pictured) – President General of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO)


The Panel will be animated by distinguished speakers from diverse religious backgrounds:


Rudina Collaku (Executive Director, Women’s Centre for Development and

Culture – Albania)

Preventing extremism among youth


Rev. Elena Seishin Viviani (Vice-President Italian Buddhist Union)

From Internal Peace to Peaceful Societies: The Role of Meditation


Svamini Hamsananda Ghiri (Vice President of the Italian Hindu Union)

Intercultural dialogue: Attitudes of host cultures


Rabbi Allyson Zacharoff (Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Summit, NJ, USA)

Interreligious Dialogue and Mediation among University Students


Rev. Dr. Kuzipa Nalwamba (World Council of Churches)

How women members or leaders of Christian communities have collaborated in peace processes


Valeria Martano (Comunità di Sant’Egidio – DID Consultant)

What does peace look like in times of war?

The event will conclude with special remarks by the event’s patronesses:

H.E. Ms. Florence Mangin – Ambassador of France to the Holy See

H.E. Ms. Chiara Porro – Ambassador of Australia to the Holy See

H.E. Ms. Annemieke Ruigrok – Ambassador of the Netherlands to the Holy See