“You will be my witness” is the theme of the Centenary Assembly of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations or WUCWO, that is taking place in Jerusalem this week. The president of WUCWO is Karen Hurley and she spoke to Tracey McClure about their key objectives….


About World Union of Catholic Women

Our Mission

WUCWO’s aim is 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.

Our Journey

Founded in 1910, WUCWO now represents 100 Catholic women’s organisations worldwide and celebrates a century of services by women for the Church and society.

In 2006 it was erected by the Holy See as a Public International Association of the Faithful.

International Representation

WUCWO has Consultative status at the United Nations with ECOSOC, UNESCO, FAO, ILO and HRC, and is present at the Council of Europe.

Principal Areas of Activity

Promote the formation of women to meet contemporary challenges

Foster awareness and respect of cultural diversity

Promote the international dimension within its Member Organisations

Co-ordinate activities of Member Organisations at international level

Present the positions of WUCWO and represent the Member Organisations to international bodies

Network with other international organisations and faith communities for the respect of human rights, especially for women

Encourage ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.