Ecclesia of Women in Asia

Ecclesia of Women in Asia is a forum of Asian Catholic women theologians and women doing theology in Asia. Our name “Ecclesia of Women in Asia” expresses the desire of women to enter the mainstream Church as fully responsible ecclesial participants and partners in the life of the Church. EWA seeks to bring to consciousness that women are Church and always have been Church.

An Overview of EWA by Dr. Mary Yuen

EWA holds conferences that serve as a venue for women from all over Asia to engage in theological discussions relevant to the experiences of contemporary women.

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Participants at the 7th Conference held in Tagaytay, Philippines in 2016.

The sub-theme of the first conference, “Voices of the Silenced” is open-ended. It enables women theologians to re-name Asian women’s spiritual powers, to redefine our collective struggle of doing theology, and reconstruct the distinctive nature of our emancipatory theological reflection. The first EWA conference was sponsored by the Catholic Committee Against Hunger and for Development CCFD, French acronym) in Paris, Institute of Missiology Missio in Aachen, Germany, and the Swiss Lenten Campaign Fund.

Since then, seven more conferences have been held.

The second conference on the theme Body and Sexuality – Theological Pastoral Perspectives of Women in Asia was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia with 48 women theologians or women doing theology in attendance.

The third EWA conference, Reimagining Women, Marriage, and Family Life in Asia, A 21st Century Theological Challenge was held in Colombo, Sri-Lanka on January 21 to 24, 2006.

Practicing Peace; Towards an Asian Feminist Theology of Liberation was the theme of the fourth conference held in Hua-Hin Thailand on August 26 to 29, 2009.

The fifth conference on the theme, Wired Asia: Towards an Asian Feminist Theology of Human Connectivity  was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from November 6 to 9, 2011.

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Participants at the 5th EWA Conference held in Kuala Lumpur in 2011

The sixth conference was held in Bangalore, India from November 14 to 18, 2013. It’s theme was Liberating Power: Asian Feminist Theological Perspectives and it was conducted in collaboration with the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church”

The seventh conference was held in Tagaytay City, Philippines from January 19 to 24, 2016 on the theme The 21st Century Woman Still Claiming Her Space: Asian Feminist Theological Perspectives.

The eighth conference was held from January 18 to 21, 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The theme of the conference was Foodscapes: Gastronomy, Theologies and Spiritualities,  Catholic Asian Feminist Theological Orientation.

The ninth conference was held from January 15-19, 2020 hosted by Monash University, Sunway, Malaysia with the theme Displacement and Disqualification: Its Surfaces and Silhouettes.

Participants at the 9th EWA Conference held in Malaysia in 2020

The tenth and first online conference was held from February 24-25, 2022 with the theme Toward Life-giving Communities in a Time of Pandemic: Asian Feminist Theological Perspectives


EWA is a member of INSeCT (International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology) and CWC (Catholic Women’s Council)