The Catholic Women’s Council (CWC) is a global umbrella group of Roman Catholic networks working for the full recognition of the dignity and equality of women in the Church.

The member organisations have different thematic priorities and use appropriate means in their daily work to achieve this.

All agree that the same rights and dignity of women must be recognised both in the current structure of the Roman Catholic Church and in its daily practice.

CWC was first formed in Stuttgart in November 2019, when Catholic women’s associations, initiatives, women religious orders and church bodies from Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland came together to network on a united position of women in the Church for the very first time.

In January 2020, this network became global as an umbrella group.

We invite other groups to join this coalition.

CWC has great ambitions and a limited time frame. Together we commit ourselves to work towards a major collective event in Rome in 2021 – we are visible and acting, taking responsibility and being ready to change our church for the good now.

For more information on the Catholic Women’s Council, and to sign your group up to the initiative, follow this link

Statement of the Catholic Women’s Council:

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