Women and work

Study seminar- Rome, 4 - 5 December 2015


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Friday 4 December


  8:15  Holy Mass

  9:00  Welcoming and accreditation

  9:15  Words of greeting and presentation

  9:30  Introduction to the topic: Card. Stanisław Ryłko ITA

10:00  Conference: Women work and they have always done so. Stefano and Vera Zamagni (Italy) ITA

10:40 Break

11:10 Conference: Where feminine genius is to be found: women’s work today around the world. Ester Jiménez (Spain) SPA

11:50  Open discussion

13:30  Lunch


15:30  Panel: Male and female roles: an idea to be discarded?

1.             The paradox of gender theory: recent neurological and psychological research on the masculine and the feminine. Marco Scicchitano (Italy) ITA

2.             The professional roles of men and women: stereotypical or interchangeable? Geneviève Sanze (Central African Republic) ITA

3.             Today’s families and yesterday’s roles? Stereotypes and reality. Josefina Videla (Argentina) SPA

16:15  Break

16:45  Open discussion

18:15  Summary of the day’s discussions

18:30  End of the day’s session

Saturday 5 December


  8:15  Holy Mass ITA, FRA, ENG, ESP

  9:00  Panel: Women at work with difficulties and opportunities

1.             Career and private life: Getting ahead? Holding back? Which equality should we aspire to? Helen Alvaré (USA) ENG

2.             Women in leadership: is there a need for ‘pink quotas’? Ilva Myriam Hoyos (Colombia) SPA

3.             Good looks: an advantage or an obstacle? Maria Teresa Russo (Italy) ITA

  9:45 Open discussion

10:45  Break

11:15 Panel: Family and work: how to reconcile the two

1.                  Effective policies to find a balance. Eugenia Roccella (Italy) ITA

2.                  Family: the primary driving force for development. Mina Ramirez (Philippines) ENG

3.                  Motherhood: a burden or added value for a business? Elizabeth Schiltz (USA) ENG

4.                  Working at home doesn’t stop at the front door: a contribution to the growth of all. Bryan Sanderson (UK) ENG

12:30  Open discussion

13:30  Lunch


15:30  Panel: To foster a feminine presence that can make the world richer in humanity

1.                  Educating girls: feminine genius at the service of humanity. Terry Polakovic (USA) ENG

2.                  Care ethics: the inestimable value of embracing fragility. Susy Zanardo (Italy) ITA

3.                  Career and family: they can be balanced (Testimony) Clara Gaymard (France) FRA

16:15  Break

16:45  Open discussion

18:00  Summary of the day’s discussions

18:15  Conclusions: Card. Stanisław Ryłko

18:30  End of the Seminar

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