Aferdita Gjoni, represented MWL as a partner organization with ADANTE, at their study days which took place in Snagov-Rumania with the topic “Women in church make the difference” .
52 women from 13 European countries attended these study days. Many very important viewpoints of Women in Church were shared by Prof. Tina Beattie, from the University Catherine of Siena, UK, Boroka Beke – Pastor of reformed Church in Rumania , Regina Hyder , Institute of Mainz and others.
The Study days were very interesting and focused mainly on the church as the imagined space in which we live – the church as our spiritual home. The participants reflected on what change women might make to this home , if we were recognised as “homemakers” where everyone brought their perspectives of what they do in their respective countries .
Other speakers brought initiatives from their countries of what they are doing to build new strategies for women inclusion such as Voices of Faith, a global initiative that works to empower women and to advocate for their presence in leadership and decision making roles in the Catholic Church. To achieve this there is the need to rebuild the power structures and address gender inequality within the church. www.overcomingsilence .com
It was very inspiring to hear from Regina Hyder about the difference women can make in church and where she mentioned Mary Ward as a lady who broke the role models and struggled to give more education and power to women .
Many workshops took place focusing on different perspectives of sharing the role of women’s creativity, spirituality and blessings.
The General Assembly took place after these study days and the new leadership team was elected to lead ANDANTE for the next three years.
The three priorities chosen to be followed up by ANDANTE for the next three years are ‘’Preservation and Creation’’, ‘’Violence Against Women’’ and ‘’Empowerment of Women through Education and Mutual Support’’.