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22 May 2015


Card. Peter K. A. Turkson, President PCJP

Hon. Olimpia Tarzia, President WWALF

Prof. Maria Giovanna Ruggieri, President UMOFC


1st panel : Women as agents of change

Dr. Marta Rodriguez, Director of the Institute of Higher Studies on Women, Pontifical Athenaeum “Regina Apostolorum” (Spain)

  • Women’s role in Education today

Prof. Maria Grazia  Vergari, Vice-President of Italian Catholic Action (Adults Sector) (Italy)

Dr. Rita Moussallem, Co-Director of the Focolare Movement’s Centre for Interreligious Dialogue (Lebanon)

2nd panel: New millennium slaveries

  • Life and procreation: technology and the issue of surrogacy [Part 1][Part 2]

Hon. Olimpia Tarzia, President WWALF

  •  Human Trafficking

Dr. Kevin Hyland OBE, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (UK)

Prof. Anne Leahy, past-Ambassador of Canada to the Holy See and associated Professor to the Religious Studies Faculty at McGill University (Canada)

3rd panel: Women and Work

  • The protection of girls and women in domestic work and in manufacturing

Dr. Amelita King-Dejardin, ILO Domestic work Specialist  (Philippines)

Dr. Valentina Franchi, FAO Gender and Development Specialist “Social Protection” Division (Italy)

Dr.  Rosaline Nkganku Menga, President of WUCWO Coordination Africa (Cameroon)


23 May 2015

I° atelier - Human Ecology and women’s dignity  (SDGs: Goal 3 and Goal 5)

Best-practice: Dr. Wilma Carvalho, Professor at Sains Malaysia University and KLE Society India – Family Medicine Department (India)


II° atelier -  Education and Work  (SDGs: Goal 4 and Goal 8)

Best-practice: Dr. Rogelio García Contreras, associated Professor at St. Thomas University, Houston (Mexico) and Dr. Carmen Parra, Director of the "Catedra de Economia Solidaria"  at Abat Oliba University of Barcelona (Spain)


III° atelier -  Poverty and environment  (SDGs: Goal 1-2 and Goal 7-11-12-13-14-15)

Best-Practice: Sr. Loloahi Tautalanoa and Sr. Malia Nive Kepu, Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (Tonga)  


 IV° atelier - Peace and Development (SDGs: Goal 16 and Goal 17)

Best-practice: Prof.Carol Cooke Eid, nun of Deir Mar Musa, Professor at the Pontifical   Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, PISAI (Lebanon)