ERC testimonial: Caterina Dupré

DupreCaterina Dupré was born in Rome in 1970, studied Protestant theology in the Waldensian Faculty of Rome, specializing in Orthodox theology by studying in Moscow and in New York. From 1997 to 1999 was women and gender working group coordinator, in the ERC, in 1999 was elected vice-chair of the Ex.Co., serving until 2004. Consecrated a pastor in the Waldensian church in 2001, she later served as director of the Agape Ecumenical Centre. On 6th April 2015, Rev. Dr. Caterina Dupre’ passed away at the age of 44 after a cruel illness.

I have been Women and Gender Working Group coordinator from 1997 to 1999, at the time of my participation to the European Regional Committee. Many years have passed and to find some concrete informations I had to do some reaserach in my “archives”, but the meories of the people, of the growth, of the amazing experiences are still strongly there! In those two years in particular we worked on re-writing the “sexual Harassment” brochure and correcting our sexual harassment policy, which made me reflect a lot about this theme. But the most exciting work had been the preparation and conducting of the thematic conference held in Romania in Jannuary 1999. The conference was about how religious traditions and cultural background influence our images of men and women. Helding it in Romania at the time was quite a challenge (it was the first WSCF conference on gender themes in an Eastern country) for some strong prejudices that still were there on both sides, East and West. At a personal level it was the first time that I was completely in charge of organizing a conference and it certainly tought me a lot. However the beauty of our work together, the awarness that no mutual understanding can take place when you are not ready to fully listen to those you think you know and judge all of this and much more remained strongly with me until today in all the work I bring on.

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