Works nationally and internationally to challenge discrimination and promote a women's right to gender justice.
Actively promotes the presence, participation and responsibilites of Catholic women in the Church and society.
Represents the views and concerns of Catholic women to the Bishops' Conference and to the government.
Works ecumenically with women of other faiths and with secular groups.
In 1989 a Golden Jubilee Review highlighted the need to widen the networks to all Catholic women, not only those in organisations. Cardinal Hume wrote, "I would like to congratulate the NBCW on their recent review which has brought about such changes in its structures as to make It truly representative of Catholic women in England and Wales, including those women who do not belong to any organisation or association. The Bishops' Conference needs to hear from women about the concerns and views of women in the Church on topics which seem to women to be most crucial or fundamental"