The Union of Catholic Mothers

2014 General Assembly Declaration

Final Declaration of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations General Assembly 2014


 

The General Assembly of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO) met in Fatima, Portugal 23-27 October 2014.  In light of the difficult world situation and encouraged by the inspiring words of Pope Francis,  nearly 500 women from 35 countries and 56 organisations worked and studied guided by the Assembly theme of Women of WUCWO: Sowers of Hope.

We resolved that:

1. The WUCWO Board and Member Organisations will work to implement the selected priority for 2014-2018:Hope in action in the service of family, youth, and the suffering of the world.

2. The following resolutions were adopted:

Family:  WUCWO will encourage and support its member organisations and its representatives working at international fora to give priority to the urgent challenges facing the family and youth.

Human Trafficking:  WUCWO, its member organisations and its representatives at international fora will work individually and in network with other confessional and non-confessional related organisations to end the tragedy of human trafficking.

Dialogue for Peace and Tolerance:  WUCWO will create a climate of understanding and mutual respect to contribute to the achievement of peace around the world, cultivating and promoting a respectful dialogue with the world, with people from other Christian denominations and other religions, within the Catholic Church and among WUCWO's member organisations.

Addiction Prevention for a Life With a Future: WUCWO shall promote through its member organisations the incorporation of prevention and elimination of alcohol and drug addictions in its action programs.

Prevention and Fight Against Corruption:  WUCWO, its member organisations and its International Representatives shall work with international bodies and national governments, communities and families, to eliminate corruption.

Right to Have Access to Clean Drinking Water and Sanitation: WUCWO member organisations shall encourage amongst its members good practices in the sustainable use of water and shall encourage governments to accomplish the same.

3. Women of WUCWO will continue in their efforts to pray and act to attain a world that is just and secure so that all persons everywhere can flourish and fulfil the mission for which they were created.

Resolutions adopted at the General Assembly 2014

1.   FAMILY

Resolution:

WUCWO will encourage and support its member organizations and its representatives working at international fora to give priority to the theme of the family and the most urgent challenges it is facing, through:
  -  Programs particularly directed to young people, which can give them reason of family?s worth for the life and the future of the world, as an educator of spirituality and evangelical values.
  -  Campaigns to promote the complementarity between man and woman and to prevent and end discrimination against women and girls as well as any kind of violence and domestic abuse.
  -  Provision of assistance to single mothers and their children, welcoming them to our organizations and advocating for policies to assist them.
  -  Encourage governments to prohibit the practices of alteration, manipulation and treatment of human reproductive material that result in the destruction of human embryos.
Such work will be supported with the publication of articles and special sections in WUCWO?s publications and with the launching of a "campaign for the enhancement of the family" through its organizations around the world.

2.  TRAFFICKING

Resolution:

WUCWO, its member organizations and its representatives at international fora will work, individually and in network with other confessional and non-confessional related organizations, to:

a) help families, schools, Church and the community to become aware of human trafficking in order to prevent it;
b) accompany and work for the recovery and the social inclusion of the victims;
c) denounce and act against the structures that reduce people to the status of an object; 
d) promote and demand the responsibility of the State in relation to the practice of human trafficking with different concrete actions such as advocating for legislation that makes the purchase of sexual services a criminal act;
e) provide assistance for victims of sexual violence who are often trafficked, and fight the culture of indifference and impunity.
3.  DIALOGUE FOR PEACE AND TOLERANCE

Resolution:

In order to create a climate of understanding and mutual respect and to contribute to the achievement of peace around the world, WUCWO, its member organizations and its Representatives working at international fora shall:
  -  Cultivate and promote a respectful dialogue with the world; with people from other Christian denominations and other religions; within the Catholic Church and among WUCWO?s member organizations and the women belonging to them.
  -  Promote dialogue as a method of evangelization.
  -  Urge governments to promote and guarantee freedom of conscience, religious freedom and tolerance.

4.  ADDICTION PREVENTION FOR A LIFE WITH FUTURE

Resolution:

WUCWO shall promote, through its member organizations, the incorporation of the theme Alcohol and Drug Addiction in its action programs, in order to undertake awareness and prevention-related tasks in all the areas within its purview, paying special attention to children, young people and families. It shall stimulate networking with other institutions of the same and of different faiths, as well as with non-confessional NGOs that share its ethical and spiritual values.

5.  PREVENTION AND FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION

Resolution:

WUCWO, its member organizations and its International Representatives shall:

a) work with international bodies, governmental entities, government officials, civil societies and churches to eliminate corruption by establishing preventive programs which encourage good governance, accountability, transparency and proper communication systems;
b) help families and communities become aware of the destructive effects of corruption, while promoting a culture of truth and honesty.

 6.  RIGHT TO HAVE ACCESS TO DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION

Resolution:

WUCWO member organizations shall ensure amongst its members good practices in the sustainable use of water. They shall, together with WUCWO?s International Representatives, encourage governments to: a) guarantee the right and access to adequate clean drinking water and proper sanitation,  b) develop national action plans for sustainable water management based on a participatory approach of the population, through dialogue and workshops and  c) Raise awareness among  Member Organizations of the growing threat of pharmaceutical products in water systems affecting wildlife and human health.

 The World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO) was founded in 1910 and now represents 100 Catholic women's organisations worldwide, active in 66 countries including all continents and some island states, representing more than five (5) million Catholic women of every walk of life. 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 evangelisation and to work for human development, particularly in increasing educational opportunities, poverty reduction and the advancement of human rights beginning with the fundamental right to life.

 

In 2006, WUCWO was erected by the Holy See as a Public International Association of the Faithful. This canonical status honours the efforts of faithful Catholic women active in our Union at the parish, diocesan, national and international levels. 

WUCWO unites Catholic women in the world to give them a voice on the international platform. Since their inception, WUCWO has held Consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), 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 examines the critical issues that have an impact on the lives of women internationally and defends the dignity and the rights of all.

WUCWO coordinates the activities of Catholic women's organisations worldwide, serving as a necessary link between them and the network of international organizations and faith communities.

Through them, WUCWO helps train those who are without resources or opportunities, provides victims of violence and poverty a means of subsistence for them and their children and helps enable them to fulfill their mission of evangelisation and to work for human development.

WUCWO's principal areas of activity are:

- Promote the formation of women to meet contemporary challenges

- Foster awareness and respect of cultural diversity

- Promote the international dimension within its Member Organisations

- Co-ordinate activities of Member Organisations at the international level

- Present the positions of WUCWO and represent the Member Organisations to international bodies

- Network with other international organisations and faith communities for the respect of human rights, especially for women

- Encourage ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.

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