Office of Laity and Family (OLF)
The Women's Desk was formed following the 6th Plenary Assembly in Manila in 1995.
The issue of women was first raised in the 4th plenary assembly in Tokyo in 1986.
In November 1993 a Consultation on Women was held at Petaling Jaya, Malaysia on the
theme "Realities and Experiences of Women in Asia". The consultation recommended
an Asian level conference, as well as inviting women for the 6th FABC Plenary Assembly
and a sub-topic on women be included in the Assembly discussions. In the 1995 statement
of the 6th FABC Plenary Assembly the Bishops declared: "An urgent pastoral imperative
is for women to exercise their right to co-responsibility and mutuality with men in
society and in the Church." In response to the 1993 consultation and the statement
of the 6th Plenary Assembly of FABC, BILA I on Women was held in Pattaya, Thailand
in November 1995 on the theme "Role of Women in Church and Society, Toward 2000",
followed by BILA on Women II also in Pattaya, Thailand in October, 1998 on the theme,
"Discipleship of Women - A Service to Life."
As a follow up and implementation of recommendations from these meetings/consultation,
to discover and develop women's spirituality and theology, a BILA on Women III on the
theme "Women's God Experiences Rooted in Life" was held October,
2001 in Hua Hin, Thailand.
Sub-regional meetings to focus on issues particular to women in the region are held periodically. The meetings are planned together with the local hosts and resource persons are from the region.
The first South Asian Meeting on Women (SAMoW-I) was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 9th - 14th September 2002 on the theme "The Role of Women in Church and Society".
The First South-East Asian Meeting on Women was held in Antipolo, Philippines from from 27th January – 1st February, 2003 on the theme “Responding to The Challenges of Christian Women in Asia”.
The First East Asia Meeting on Women was held in Hong Kong from 15th – 19th August, 2005, on the theme “Discipleship of Women – Challenges of the 21st Century”.
The Second South Asian Meeting on Women was held in New Delhi, India from 16th to 21st April 2007. on the theme “Responding To The Challenges To Women In Family & Society In The 21st Century”.
The II South East Asian Meeting on Women was held in Johor, Malaysia from 27th January to 1st February, 2008. On the theme “ Challenges to Women in the Family in the 21st Century”.
The II East Asia Meeting on Women on the theme “Mary Truly a Woman for our times” invites all Bishops of the region and therefore will be a BILA on Women for East Asia in Taipei in 2010.
"Women Living the Eucharist in South Asia" was the theme of the Third South Asia Meeting on Women co-organized with the Women's Desk of the Laity Commission of the Catholic Bishopos' Conference of Bangladesh. 25 women met with four bishops and two priests for this meeting held on January 20-24, 2010 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. view report