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Women's Commission meets outback people

The Commission for Australian Catholic Women has been meeting people in the most remote parts of Australia. Therese Vassarotti, Executive Director, reports on the Northern Territory meetings...

The Commission met in Darwin and Alice Springs during the last two weeks of June. The occasion was welcomed by people living in the far reaches of this vast country as they are keenly aware that opportunities experienced by those living in the southern states are often denied them.

In the days before the full Commission meetings from the 19th 21st June, Mary and I were privileged to meet with groups of women, priests, senior school students, hospital chaplains, students of Nungalinga College, employees of Centacare and the Catholic Education Office, the Chief Minister for the Northern Territory, Clare Martin and the aboriginal community on Bathurst Island. Apart from raising awareness of the existence of CACW, these meetings contributed to building a sense of belonging to a community of church throughout the country. At the same time they provided forums for an exchange of information between the local church and the work of the Commission and discussion on ways to assist in the promotion of the participation of women throughout the Diocese of Darwin.


01 Jul 2003