How the ICWM came into being

The concept of the ICWM was proposed at the National Women’s Conference on the theme “Paradigm Shifts in Vatican II and its Impact on Women” co-organized by Streevani Pune, NBCLC Bangalore, ISI Bangalore, Montfort Social Institute Hyderabad and CBCI Office for Women at the NBCLC, Bangalore from 8 to 11 January, 2014.

The women and men present especially noted the theological and ecclesiological shifts that form a solid basis for equality and mission. As People of God they dreamed about a new way of being Christian wo/men in the future – as mystical prophets, theological critics, political activists and religious who live a deinstitutionalized form of consecrated life.

They shared and discussed intensively on various aspects of the theme and validated their own narratives of discrimination and abuse, resolved to act to reclaim the sacredness of our bodies, our lives, our suffering and ministries, our callings and individual charisms.

The presence of an ecumenical sister as a resource person, who also voiced the need for a common body of Christian Women in India, helped to consolidate their decision to birth the Indian Christian Women’s Movement (ICWM).