Women – lay and religious – make up almost 20 per cent of the Vatican workforce, and a group of them have formed an association designed as a forum for collaboration, sharing and outreach.
‘D.VA’ – for ‘Donne in Vaticano’ – ‘Women in the Vatican’ – was approved as an association by the Vatican City governor’s office in September, according to a press release issued earlier this week.
So far, about 50 women have joined the association that a dozen Vatican employees started organising several years ago. They say 750 women – 19 per cent of the Vatican work force – are eligible to join.
The female employees include two undersecretaries – Flaminia Giovanelli of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and Sr Nicoletta Spezzati, a member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, who works at the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. Natasa Govekar, a theologian, serves as director of the new theological-pastoral department of the Vatican Secretariat for Communications, and Paloma Garcia Ovejero is assistant director of the Vatican press office.
Picture: Pope Francis greets Paloma Garcia Ovejero, assistant director of the Vatican press office. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano).