Our Vision, Mission and Objective
A just, merciful, and compassionate world nurtured by the genius of women.
It was St. Pope John Paul II who first spoke of the “genius of women” in his Letter to Women published in 1995. He wrote, “The Church desires for her part to contribute to upholding the dignity, role and rights of women … by speaking directly to the heart and mind of every woman”.
St. Pope John Paul II challenged everyone to “reflect carefully on what it means to speak of the ‘genius of women’, not only in order to be able to see in this phrase a specific part of God’s plan which needs to be accepted and appreciated, but also in order to let this genius be more fully expressed in the life of society as a whole, as well as in the life of the Church”.
The Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation desires to provide the tools which will encourage this genius to be more fully expressed and lived every day in society.
To fund leadership education that inspires Catholic women to be transformational and influential leaders where they live and work.
Statistics and evidence demonstrate a tremendous need for groups to empower and encourage women in leadership roles – not just in the Church but in society as a whole. Today, women comprise 8.5 per cent of the highest-paid positions in Canada’s top 100 listed companies. Similarly, a study conducted by the HR Council of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations of Canada showed a disproportionate number of men in senior management posts in the nonprofit sector, while women occupied the majority of administrative and support-staff positions. This study revealed that women only held 40 per cent of executive positions in the nonprofit sector.
There is more that can be done.
The Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation will encourage Catholic women to develop their leadership skills and provide a network of women to support the acceptance of women in important leadership roles.
- To develop women’s leadership capacity-building programs that are of the highest quality and that are consistent with Catholic values by establishing and maintaining partnerships with key educational institutions.
- To identify promising women leaders who will benefit from leadership education that builds on their lived experiences.
- To secure financial and human resources in support of Catholic women’s leadership education and activities.
- To establish and maintain a national network of support for Catholic women leaders.
- To develop and implement a communication plan to raise awareness about the importance of women’s leadership.