Exploring Intersections: watch gender equity panel discussion

03/17/2021 9:31 am

Exploring Intersections: Catholic Sisters on Racism, Migration and Climate is a collaborative project of Leadership Conference of Women Religious congregations in Iowa, eastern Missouri and Nebraska, joined by a few additional congregations from Wisconsin, including the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

Gender equity or the equal access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender is a fundamental human right and essential to achieve full human potential and sustainable societal development. This webinar discusses how gender equality is interconnected with issues of racism, migration and climate change.

Gender discrimination can be shaped by someone’s race or ethnicity. Racism and gender oppression both use stereotypes to rationalize the subordination and domination of minorities. For migrant women, the discriminatory social institutions they seek to escape, many times social institutions that do not allow women to receive the same level of education as men, may not prepare women for a successful migration. Women are also more likely than men to live in poverty therefore are more dependent for their livelihood on natural resources that are threatened by climate change.

Action Items
1. Raise your voice against gender stereotypes in the entertainment media industry.
2. Learn about the goals and journeys of women around you and find ways to support them.
3. Reclaim the strength, power and leadership roles of women of the Bible and church history.

About LCWR
Founded in 1956, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) represents nearly 80 percent of Catholic women religious in the United States. As a support system and corporate voice for leaders of institutes of women religious (Catholic sisters), LCWR develops leadership, promotes collaboration within church and society, and serves as a voice for systemic change.

In active response to the 2015-2022 Resolution of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), Region X of LCWR set out in spring of 2020 to create a plan to address societal injustice with awareness, advocacy and action; to create communion without controversy; and to offer insight with intent to effect change.

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