AHI Fellow Sheila O’Connor-Ambrose has been invited to participate in the first international conference of the World Women’s Alliance for Life and Family (WWALF), to be held in Rome, Italy, March 20-21, 2009.

WWALF, in association with Cardinal Renato R. Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, will bring together women from around the world to discuss the role of women in such issues as justice and peace, education and culture, poverty and marginalization, bioethics and bio-politics with a view toward elaborating innovative proposals rooted in the “New Feminism” invoked in the cyclical letter Evangelium Vitate.

The conference, “Life, Family, and Development:  The Role of Women in the Promotion of Human Rights,” will revisit concerns previously addressed by international conferences on women and population, held in Cairo (1994) and Beijing (1995). Participants will reexamine these concerns through the lens of Christian anthropology and Catholic social doctrine.  Dr. O’Connor-Ambrose studied in Rome for two undergraduate semesters and received her doctorate in women’s studies from Emory University.

The AHI congratulates Sheila on receiving this distinguished honor.