Women’s Taskforce celebrates first year

The Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn Women’s Taskforce met online for a reflection day (Catholic Voice)

The Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn Women’s Taskforce is celebrating one year of providing opportunities for connection, faith formation and enhanced participation for women in the Church. Source: Catholic Voice.

Despite bushfires, a pandemic and the closure of the national Office for the Participation of Women, the 12 local Taskforce members pushed on valiantly through a productive first year.

As well as the inevitable work in setting up a new organisation (negotiating name, branding, structures, processes, goals and tasks), the Taskforce launched a website (womenstaskforceacg.org), audited Archdiocesan decision-making forums and lobbied the restructured ACBC to include women’s participation in their new mandate and expand the local plenary delegation to include more than one woman.

The Taskforce also hosted three events which functioned to connect, enrich and encourage the women of the archdiocese in a very difficult year.

An International Women’s Day Breakfast was held in March to lament and raise funds for bushfire affected areas of the archdiocese.

A reflection afternoon in August was broadcast via YouTube to over 80 small groups who gathered around the Archdiocese to enjoy the event simultaneously.

Finally, in November, Andrea Dean and Sr Clare Condon SGS ran an online video reflection afternoon on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, which was extremely well attended.

Goals, tasks and events for 2021 were decided at the closing meeting for 2020 where outgoing chair, Lara Kirk, handed over the baton to Andrea Dean.


Women’s Taskforce Celebrates One Year (Catholic Voice

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