Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 17, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: It’s Our Duty to Give a Voice to Women Who are Victims of Abuse

Nov 9, 2023

The pope said that violence against women must be “eliminated from its roots” — namely prejudiced ideas that see people as “objects.”

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama with some parishioners of St. Charles Lwanga Parish of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja

Give Women “political muscle” for National Development: Nigerian Catholic Archbishop

Dec 6, 2021

For Nigerian women to be active in national matters including the development of the nation, they need to be strengthened politically alongside receiving quality education, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African country has said.

Janet Nyamutenha (37) from Zimbabwe is pictured with the free dignity kit she received through a women’s empowerment initiative. Before this, she couldn’t afford feminine hygiene products. Credit: Trócaire

Catholic Entity Launches “Gift” Initiative to Address Sanitation among Zimbabwean Women

Dec 2, 2021

The overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire, is providing basic hygiene products to women and girls in Zimbabwe’s Catholic Diocese of Mutare in an initiative the agency has dubbed “Dignity Gift”.

The cover page of the study on “Trafficking in Persons, Organs and Parts of the Human Body in central Mozambique” presented on 18 May 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops’ Study in Mozambique Shows Poor Women, Children among Trafficking Victims

May 20, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Mozambique have, in a study, established various categories of victims of human trafficking, including “poor women, children and adolescents.”

A volunteer working with children at the Gode Catholic Mission in Ethiopia's Apostolic Prefecture of Robe.
Credit: Agenzia Fides

Missionaries in Ethiopia Giving Women in Complicated Relationships Second Chance in Life

May 1, 2021

A Catholic Missionary Nun in Ethiopia’s Apostolic Prefecture of Robe is helping women in abusive relationships, those who have had children with several men, and others in various complicated relationships to become self-reliant.

Logo of  the Kukah Centre (TKC) in Nigeria. the leadership of TKC has highlighted the plight of women caught up in the conflict in the Southern Kaduna. Credit: The Kukah Centre (TKC)/ Facebook

Nigeria-based Catholic Entity Highlights Plight of Women in Conflict-Ridden Kaduna Region

Apr 25, 2021

The leadership of a Catholic-based policy research institute in Nigeria has, in an interview, highlighted the plight of women who are victims of the violent conflict bedeviling the Southern part of the territory of the Archdiocese of Kaduna.

Bishop Charles Kasonde of Zambia’s Solwezi Diocese / Courtesy Photo

Zambian Bishop Cautions against Appointing Women in Government for “fashion, escape route”

Mar 14, 2021

The Bishop of Zambia’s Solwezi Diocese has urged political parties in the Southern African country to appoint women because they qualify for the positions in leadership and not for their own selfish reasons.

Rev. Dr. Kabonde Peggy Mulambya / AACC

I Was Strongly Opposed as a Woman in Church Leadership, Former Official in Zambia Recounts

Mar 14, 2021

The former Secretary General of the United Church of Zambia, a union of Churches in the Southern African nation has narrated her experience at the helm of Church leadership in the country, recalling that she always faced opposition on the basis of her gender.

Holy Family Cathedral in South Sudan's Diocese of Rumbek / Public Domain

South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese Trains Women on Peace and Reconciliation

Feb 11, 2021

South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in collaboration with peace organizations in the country is realizing a training aimed to equip women in the East-Central African country with reconciliation and mediation skills to enable them prevent conflicts and promote peace in their respective communities.

Trainees at the Don Bosco Technical Training Center South Sudan. / Salesian Missions

Salesian Missionaries Helping South Sudanese Women Venture into ‘Men’s Careers’

Sep 7, 2020

Esbella Paul Modi faced harsh criticism from her family and her friends when she announced that she had decided to pursue a technical course after she completed high school studies where she performed exceptionally well.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of Juba Archdiocese, South Sudan

South Sudanese Leaders Urged to “appoint more women in the State Governments”

Jul 5, 2020

Days after South Sudan’s President appointed State Governors and Chief Administrators, a Prelate in the East-Central African nation has weighed in on the gender imbalance in the appointments and urged the Presidency to reach out to the appointed South Sudanese leaders and give a chance to women leadership.

Pope Francis greets a woman Oct. 1, 2014. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

In Querida Amazonia, Pope Calls for Women in Church Leadership, But Not Diaconate

Feb 12, 2020

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the Amazon calls for women in the South American region to be included in new forms of service in the Church, but not within the ordained ministries of the permanent diaconate or priesthood.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Jan. 1, 2020. Credit: Pablo Esparza/CNA.

Pope Francis: Honor the Dignity of Women for a Better World in 2020

Jan 1, 2020

Pope Francis began the new year with a call for the dignity of women to be honored -- not exploited for profit and pornography -- in 2020.