“I believe in the genius of women. Even in the darkest periods that genius is found, which is the leaven of human progress and history.” Blessed Pope John Paul II
The Catholic Women’s League of Australia (CWLA) is the national peak body representing the League's six member organisations located throughout Australia. Addressing social justice and ethical questions is one of our primary tasks. We seek to influence legislative and administrative bodies at all levels in order to preserve the dignity of the human person. We strive to be a voice for the voiceless.
We are a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) and have consultative (Roster) status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
We are a member organisation of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) and work together with 5 million women in more than 60 countries 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. In 2006, WUCWO was erected by the Holy See as a Public International Association of the Faithful.
Our work is dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians and the Holy Spirit.
We are dedicated to building a culture of life; advocating for the respect of human rights with a particular focus on women and children; promoting the teaching of Christ and his Church concerning the dignity, integrity and freedom of the human person; promoting and supporting the formation of women to meet contemporary challenges; upholding the dignity of women through education and encouraging their participation in social and public life; promoting and supporting the duty of Catholic women to be educated in the teachings and traditions of the Church; promoting the role of lay women in the mission of the Church; and enabling women to participate more effectively in working for and building the Kingdom of God on earth.
CWLA also liaises with other organisations and faith communities in a creating awareness about social justice and ethical issues. We foster ecumenism and inter-faith dialogue.
We promote and support vocations to the priesthood, religious life and single life as well as to Christian marriage and family.
In October 2010, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) celebrated its 100th anniversary. Inspired by the example of our founding sisters both in Australia and internationally, our vision is to create a more just society through prayer and action. Our hope is that more women, young and old, will join with us in the service of the Lord.