After more than a year of planning and preparation, the Lasallian Global Women's Symposium took place 16-19 July, in Auckland, New Zealand.
The 114 delegates gathered from Australia, New Zealand, PNG, Pakistan, Vietnam, USA, UK, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, the Philippines, Malaysia, Italy and Hong Kong.
There was a wide-ranging representation of age, culture, gender and workplace role, offering a richness of diversity.
In the months of consultation leading up to the Symposium, several clear themes emerged as most important for Lasallian women.
These led to the determination of the Symposium Aims:
1. To recognise the distinct role and identity of women in the mission, especially as catalysts of change.
2. To raise awareness that women are critical to enabling the achievement of mission goals and are essential to the future sustainability of the mission.
3. To empower Lasallian women to have a confident collective voice.
4. To develop ongoing relationships that support association between women, and provide opportunities for mutual growth and support.
5. To promote the Lasallian vocation as a desirable and accessible option for young women and girls.
Read the final Global Women's Symposium Report and learn about the Symposium resolutions.
Photos courtesy of Lasallian Mission Council.
"I have come primarily to attentively listen to your shared wisdom and experience. My desire during these days with you is to listen, reflect and learn. I hope to leave this symposium inspired, motivated and challenged by your questions and insights."
Superior General, Br Bob Schieler.