IHC Commission for the Justice for Women

Status Report to 2016 Assembly Committee

Since its formation in the summer of 2015, the IHC Commission for the Justice for Women has met regularly through phone meetings. A few of our members also had the wonderful opportunity to meet under the shade of the oak trees at the Shalom Garden at La Casa de Maria during the Lent retreat. The members of the committee include: Kathleen Barry (Chair), Kathryn Clare, Kitty Murphy, John Mutz, Rod Stephens, and Jane Via.

The focus of our phone discussions has been directed at planning and organizing the community workshop that we are hosting on November 12, 2016. The theme of our workshop/panel is “Injustice of Women by Institutions of Power”. We have agreed upon three primary areas of discussion for our panelists: a) Injustice in the workplace; b) Injustice and Human Trafficking; and c) Injustice in the Catholic Church. We have secured the following speakers: Dr. Stephanie Powell will discuss her work with injustice in the workplace; Ms. Aliza Alimar will discuss her work with human trafficking; and Dr. Suzanne Dunn will discuss her work with injustice in the Catholic Church. There will also be a video presentation with Father Jack McClure regarding injustice in the Catholic Church.

We look forward to sharing this event with each of you. We have been working very closely together for the past year and believe we have created what promises to be a memorable workshop.