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Women in Conflict Resolution: Progress has been made, but more needs to be done

2015-04-18

The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution: That was the theme of this inter-religious forum organized by the U.S Embassy to the Holy See. 

Speakers delved into the issue from a faith perspective. The main question was why even get involved? 

DONNA ORSUTO
Lay Center at Foyers Unitas, Director
"Because we must. Because we must. It's a responsibility if we really believe that we are created in the image and likeliness of God.” 

Donna Orsuto is the director of the Lay Center at Foyers Unitas. Women she says are often the ones on the ground, directly helping. Whether it be victims of sex trafficking, helping child soldiers heal or educating on all levels. 
 
DONNA ORSUTO
Lay Center at Foyers Unitas, Director 
"To not stereotype women. It's important not to put women on a pedestal. To say that women just like men can contribute to peace.” 

Progress has been made in both society and in the Church, but Orsuto says much still needs to be done. 

DONNA ORSUTO 
Lay Center at Foyers Unitas, Director
"Nothing about us, without us and I think that's where we need to be in the Church too as we make decisions. FLASH 03 02 Let the voice of women be heard and let women have a role in some way in leadership.” 

On several occasions Pope Francis has been quite vocal about advancing the need to advance the role of women in the Church and give them a more prominent presence. 


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