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The Catholic Women’s League of Canada BC & Yukon Provincial Council National theme: One Heart, One Voice, One Mission Provincial theme: Joyfully Serving the Lord


The organization was founded in 1910 and now represents 100 Catholic women’s organizations worldwide and celebrates a century of service by women for the Church and society.  The Catholic Women’s League is one of its members.  Our former National CWL President & Life Member Velma Harasen is on the WUCWO Executive Committee as Vice President for North America, representing CWL Canada for the term of 2014 to 2018.

‘WUCWO’S aim is to promote the presence, participation and co-responsibility of Catholic women in society and the Church, in order to enable them to fulfil their mission of evangelization and to work for human development’.

‘WUCWO has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (New York), the Human Rights Council (Geneva), the FAO (Rome), participatory status at the Council of Europe (Strasbourg) and is an official partner of UNESCO (Paris).’   

WUCWO has been involved in working against Human Trafficking, along with Talitha Kum – a religious network that works against trafficking and they organized an international meeting, and prepared the International Day Against Human Trafficking which took place on Feb. 8th.  Other Resolutions WUCWO has been active in dialogue and taking action on are: Dialogue for peace and tolerance, meeting for culture of peace and reconciliation by taking part in the Panafrican meeting of Catholic women’s movements in Nairobi, Kenya, and access to drinking water which the CWL in Fiji have begun a project to provide drinking water to marginalized populations using solar energy.    

Also the Secretariat has tried to be at the side of those women who have suffered as a result of terrorism, extreme poverty, internal conflicts and all forms of violence including members from Burundi, France, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Venezuela and Mali through communication and prayer.

As stated in the last ‘Women’s Voice’ magazine: This brief description of some of WUCWO’s recent activities can serve as a reflection on how mercy is the answer to the dramatic signs of the times in which we are living.  Violence, indifference to justice, loss of consciousness of sin, worldliness and hypocrisy, the ‘throw away’ culture of human beings, and the lack of creative and honest dialogue are some of the evils that the Holy Father often points out and for which he says mercy is the best ‘medicine’.

Our theme ‘One Heart, One Voice, One Mission: Palliative Care – Active Grace through acts of mercy was reported by Velma Harasen.

The North American Regional Conference will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia WUCWO theme will be ‘Women of Mercy – united with One Heart, One Voice, One Mission’. The conference will be held in conjunction with the national CWL convention.  WUCWO is planning a welcoming ‘meet and greet’ in the afternoon of Sunday August 14th.      

To stay current and to help support the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations I encourage you to take action by taking out a membership in WUCWO for as little as $20 US annually.  Your membership includes three issues of Women’s Voice magazine, which contains more information on the WUCWO resolutions and it keeps us up to date on the women’s issues throughout the world.  

To take out your membership go on line to www.wucwo.org/

This concludes my report

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