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Voices of Faith

High profile speakers and panellists with various extraordinary backgrounds will gather in Rome on International Women’s Day (Thursday, 8 March) at the annual Voices of Faith storytelling event to share their compelling stories. 

For the first time, the event will be also live-streamed to the Arrupe Learning Centre in Dzaleka refugee camp, Malawi and we will hear the stories of strong female role models directly from the camp. 

Young women in Dzaleka refugee camp are indeed resilient, passionate and committed to making a difference in their new communities, as well as in the global arena. They are advocates for increasing refugee girls’ access to education and their voices need to be heard.


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Vatican: Women stir the waters at Voices of Faith storytelling event
Vatican City, 10 March 2017 – On International Women’s Day, powerful women from different parts of the world gathered at the Casina Pia IV in the heart of the Vatican for the annual storytelling event Voices of Faith, co-hosted by the Fidel Gotz Foundation and the Jesuit RefugeeService.
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Vatican City, 4 March 2016 -- For International Women's Day on 8 March, at the Casina Pio IV in the heart of the Vatican, the Voices of Faith storytelling event will take place. With the theme "Mercy requires courage," it will feature and celebrate extraordinary faithful women from nine countries on five continents who exemplify the courage required to live merciful lives.
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Voices of Faith and Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) invite you to learn more about the 3rd Voices of Faith female storytelling festival and this year's motto “Mercy requires Courage”. At this occasion the partnership between Voices of Faith and JRS based on their common values will officially be announced: The importance of education at large, particularly for females. Education is a fundamental key in improving the social and economic situation for women and their families.
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Malawi: women refugees as community leaders
Dzaleka, 24 February 2016 – Less than one percent of refugees have access to higher education, and this percentage is even lower for refugee women. Since 2010, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) along with Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM), has been offering tertiary education for refugees in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi. The beginning of 2016 marked an incredible new chapter for these programmes: for the first time, half of the enrolments to the Community Health course are young women.
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Addis Ababa, 15 September 2015 -- "I could not stay. The rebels controlled the roadblocks," says Safia, a young woman who fled Yemen for Ethiopia. "They think that women are objects, like a chair or a window."
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