WUCWO, International,

World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations

On the left is Fae Robertson, Dunedin Diocese, who was International Secretary from 2004 to 2008. Fae attended the WUCWO General Assembly in Washington, USA.
Next is Stephanie Swann, Dunedin Diocese, International Secretary from 2012 until 2018. During her term, Stephanie attended the WUCWO General Assembly in Fatima, Portugal, in 2014. She also attended the 2016 Asia/Pacific Regional Conference held in Fiji.
On the right is Kay Blackburn, Wellington Archdiocese, International Secretary from 2008 to 2012. Kay attended the General Assembly in Jerusalem, Israel. This Assembly was celebrating the centenary of the founding of WUCWO.
In front is Fay Doyle, Wellington Archdiocese, also International Secretary for the four-year term.

In the early 1920s, the International Federation of Catholic Women’s Leagues changed its name to World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO) to embrace other types of Catholic women’s groups.

In 1928, WUCWO was given representation on the League of Nations which led, in 1945, to consultative status on various United Nations organisations.

CWLANZ has been part of WUCWO since 1948 when Miss Kathleen O’Connor, first National President of CWLANZ was invited on to the WUCWO Board.

A National Special Officer, known as the International Secretary, liaises with WUCWO and Branches celebrate the WUCWO World Day of Prayer in May each year.

The Branches also contribute to a special collection for the international work of WUCWO.