MALAWI: Country to host World Union of Catholic Women Organization Conference

LILONGWE APRIL 19, 2016 (CISA) – The Catholic Women Organization (CWO) is set to host the World Union of Catholic Women Organization (WUCWO) from August 29 to September 5, 2016.

While confirming this, CWO National Chairlady Ms. Bernadette Chiwaya, said delegates from 22 African countries are expected to participate.

According to Chiwaya, the conference which will officially be opened by Eucharistic Celebrations at Civo Stadium on Wednesday  August 31 will be under the theme; “Women of Africa, Proclaimers of God’s Mercy” – Come and see a man who told me everything I did, could this be the Messiah – as taken from the book of John 4:29.

Ms. Chiwaya pointed out that the main topics of discussion include, “hope in action in the service of the family, youth and the suffering in Africa, the phenomenon of street women and children as well as human trafficking in Africa, and WUCWO women of Africa in the light of Evangelical Gaulderma of Pope Francis.”

She also noted that the conference will look at the African woman as an agent of change and development, dialogue, peace and justice, a key to a stable and prosperous Africa.

Similarly, the conference will engage access to safe drinking water and sanitation as a human right, look at the situation in Africa including climate change and youth and their contribution to and benefit from evangelical work, peace, justice and equitable sustainable development.

“There are lots of benefits from this conference and this ranges from international exposure, learning from other international organizations, sharing experience and at the same time many Malawian women will have an opportunity to learn more about World Union of Catholic Women Organisation,” said Chiwaya.

The chairperson of the Publicity Committee for the conference, Prudence Kadiwa said resource mobilization and fundraising activities necessary to host a successful conference are already in place.

The closing Mass will be at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe on Sunday, September 5.

WUCWO has member organizations from five regions namely, Africa, Asia- Pacific, Europe, Latin America/ Caribbean and North America.

The last WUCWO conference was held in Fatima Portugal in 2014 whereas the last WUCWO Africa region conference was held in Nigeria in February 2013.

The conference is expected to host 200 international delegates and 250 local delegates.

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