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We are seeing changes in many spheres, with women finally reaching the top positions of more and more structures and organisations, but still we notice, because it is not yet the norm, and we know that the road was surely full of challenges or there would be many more. At CIDSE, the face of our leadership has changed in just a few years. Perhaps this is even more remarkable because, as a Catholic development and social justice network, women are traditionally present from the grassroots all the way through the very fibre of our organisations, but rarely are they the leaders. Despite their experience, their knowledge, their years of invaluable contribution to development work and to their service to the Church, many women are still overlooked, undervalued, or underestimated.
When I came back from Rome, I had a tattoo because of the pope and a good story to tell.
The European elections are just a few days away. Citizens from all across Europe will elect their new representatives in the European Parliament. When they vote, we ask them to how they can improve the lives of 50% of the European population by supporting the representation of women in politics.
It’s not easy to roll back cultural norms we grew up with and which appear acceptable to the majority. Three years ago, though I was already an activist for various social and environmental causes, I had no interest in feminism. At the time, I viewed feminism as running through practically all the causes for which I was an activist but I didn’t see it as a cause in itself. My attitude changed in 2016 when I spent a year in Canada. Over there, I realised that the share of gender roles, while not yet quite equal, was much less segmented than in Europe. As a result of studying my new environment and a colleague who was heavily involved in feminism in Montreal, I became convinced that the feminist struggle had its own identity without necessarily being involved in other struggles.