On the occasion of the 106th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the Australian Embassies to the Holy See and to Italy hosted a seminar in which women shared their experiences of being bold in their chosen field.
Prof. Demasure accepted the invitation of the ambassador to introduce the theme of Safeguarding of minors as well as the CCP. Sr Patrica Murray, Executive Secretary of the Union Superiors General talked about the development in conflict zones Ms Stephanie Lorenzo addressed the topic of sexual trafficking and slavery.
Mrs Hitchman and Dr Greg French, both ambassadors commented on their own respective experiences as a woman in leadership and a male champion for change. The seminar included a robust Q&A. Around 100 women and men attended, drawn from both Diplomatic Corps, the Curia and Italian government, the Australian religious and lay communities, international organisations and local media. Guests also enjoyed an opportunity for networking and further dialogue at the morning tea following the seminar.