25 Jun 2018

Anglican Voice in Roundtable on Role of Women

Heather Roy, Lay Reader at Holy Trinity Brussels and Lay Co-Chair of the Anglican Council of Belgium, was invited by the King and Queen of Belgium to participate in a roundtable on the role of women in churches, faith-based organisations, and wider society.
Taking place on Thursday 21st June at the Palais Royale, Heather informed the King and Queen of the increasing role that Anglicans can play in ensuring gender equality, interfaith dialogue and a positive social impact on society. She spoke of the need to combine concrete action with advocacy and to work across confessions and society to break the systemic and structural barriers that prevent equality and inclusion. She also commented on the need to ensure that role models were available for all girls and young women to see and aspire towards and how men and women must work jointly if there is to be true gender equality and participation.
The Round Table was held with participation from the recognised faiths and professions in Belgium including the Protestant, Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Humanist communities. Heather was the only representative from the Anglican community in Belgium and was invited for her role with our churches in Belgium and in her work with the social justice organisation Eurodiaconia. It brings together churches and Christian organisations who work for social justice in Europe.
This round table invitation was also a result of work done be Heather earlier this year on encouraging dialogue between women of faith. Earlier this year a huge campaign was launched by to promote the role interfaith dialogue can have in building social cohesion in Brussels which featured Heather in conversation with a representative from the Jewish community of Brussels. You can watch the conversation here (scroll down to juive et anglicane). The campaign was widely disseminated on social media, tv and in print.
Heather meeting His Majesty Philippe King of the Belgians at the Palais Royale.