From the Office

Dear Friends,

Recently the popular co-host of the TV show The Project, Waheed Aly, won the Gold Logie for the Best Personality on Australian Television 2016. He gave a gracious and humble speech. As Aly is Muslim and has brown skin, it was a ground breaking moment, suggesting that there is a little more openness to the diversity which exists in Australian society.

Mother’s Day is a relatively recent celebration. It has its origins in the USA where Anna Jarvis (1864-1948) from Philadelphia campaigned for a special day to honour mothers. Then in Britain, Constance Smith promoted a similar occasion but known as Mothering Sunday.

Dear Friend

Happy International Women’s Day for earlier this month.

This year's theme for International Women's Day is gender parity.

The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.

Dear Friend

As 2015 draws rapidly to a close I’m allowing myself a few quiet minutes to reflect upon the Synod on the Family and to consider implications for the upcoming Year of Mercy.

The Synod on the Family gave us a lot to think about as women and in this edition you’ll notice that we have made a point of including perspectives from women about the Synod. Two of these perspectives come from Beth Doherty and Alice Priest, former participants in our Young Catholic Women’s Interfaith Fellowship. 

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Last month I attended a National Roundtable - Responding to Violence against Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Women and their Children on 7 August 2015 in Sydney.

At this National Roundtable the Government launched the pre-departure information pack on Australia’s laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage.  The family safety pack aims to reduce violence against women from CALD backgrounds by providing information about the laws in Australia and women’s right to be safe, to men and women coming to Australia on a partner visa.

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Speaking recently in Bolivia, Pope Francis addressed participants of the second World Meeting of Popular Movements, an international body that brings together organisations of people on the margins of society, including the poor, the unemployed and peasants who have lost their land.

Calling for a new economic order, Pope Francis said “Let us not be afraid to say it: we want change, real change, structural change.”