Launch of an international survey of Catholic women for the Synod on Synodality

9 March 2022
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Participants are sought for an international survey of Catholic women

Professor Tina Beattie, founder of the international Catholic Women Speak (CWS) network and executive member of the global Catholic Women’s Council (CWC), has announced the launch of an international survey of Catholic women.

The online survey, released in six languages on Tuesday 8 March 2022 (International Women’s Day), will gather feedback from Catholic women around the world. It will provide data for a submission for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.” 

The survey is being conducted by Dr Kathleen McPhillips and Dr Tracy McEwan from the University of Newcastle, Australia, in collaboration with Dr Clare Watkins and Emeritus Professor Tina Beattie from the University of Roehampton, London. It invites responses from women aged 18 or over who have at any time identified as Catholic.

To find out more and to access the link to the survey, please read the research flyer at or 

Tina Beattie notes, “This is a unique opportunity for Catholic women to contribute to the Synod and to ensure that their voices are heard in ways which represent the diversity of women’s lives, practices and beliefs in the worldwide Church”. 

Andrea Dean, president of WATAC, the Australian member organisation of the Catholic Women’s Council said, “This is an exciting time for women in the Catholic Church. The survey presents the opportunity for Catholic women in Australia to provide feedback that will be analysed alongside that of women from across the world”. 

For further information about the survey, please contact: Professor Tina Beattie at or Dr Tracy McEwan at 

Established in 1984, Women and the Australian Church (WATAC) is an incorporated organisation committed to a Church characterised by equality. For more information about WATAC, please contact Andrea Dean – 

With thanks to Women and the Australian Church (WATAC).


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