Women's Consultation Group

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Permanent Women's Consultation Group

of the Pontifical Council for Culture

Pope Francis has often emphasised the need to listen to women and find space for a responsible collaboration in daily life at all levels.  

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, beginning with the preparation for the Plenary Assembly of February 2015 on the theme “Women’s cultures: between equality and difference”, had the idea of setting up a permanent organ in the Pontifical Council for Culture both as a presence and voice of the many fields of women’s lives and also as positive and critical support for the Dicastery’s initiatives.

Members include followers of different religions and non-believers and they offer a women’s perspective on the Dicastery’s activities. They participate by offering advice and opinions. In some circumstances, at the explicit invitation of the cardinal President, they also offer proposals and carry out actions for the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Following a positive experience lasting from 2016-2018, the group has reformed for a second three year period due to last 2019-2022.

Further details are available here