World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations

The World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO) was founded in 1910 and now represents 100 Catholic women's organisations worldwide, including the National Council of Catholic Women which is a member,.  WUCWO is active in 66 countries including all continents and some island states, representing more than five (5) million Catholic women of every walk of life.  WUCWO's aim is to promote the presence, participation, and co-responsibility of Catholic women in society and the Church, in order to enable them to fulfill their mission of evangelisation and to work for human development, particularly in increasing educational opportunities, poverty reduction and the advancement of human rights beginning with the fundamental right to life.

In 2006, WUCWO was erected by the Holy See as a Public International Association of the Faithful.  This canonical status honors the efforts of the faithful Catholic women in the Union at the parish, diocesan, national and international levels.

WUCWO unites Catholic women in the world to give them a voice on the international platform.  Since their inception, WUCWO has held Consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Human Rights Council (Geneva), the FAO (Rome), participatory status at the Council of Europe (Strasbourg) and is an official partner of UNESCO (Paris).

Read the statement from the declaration at the WUCWO General Assembly held in Fatima, Portugal in October of 2014: