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Papal envoy at UN says women's rights will humanise globalisation

The promotion of women's dignity and rights is indispensable "to reap the benefits of globalisation and avoid its negative effects," a papal representative has told the United Nations.

The Vatican's position was expressed by Joan McGrath-Triulzi on Thursday to a special UN committee in New York.

The meeting was assessing the conclusions of the 1995 World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, and last year's General Assembly on Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century.

In face of the new challenges of globalisation, Ms McGrath-Triulzi affirmed that "recognition of the dignity of the human person, especially women and girls, must be the starting point in fostering authentic human development."

In fact, "a form of globalisation that ignores the inherent dignity of women and especially the special contribution they make to their family and society, will certainly reduce them to an object of solely economic means," McGrath-Triulzi emphasised.

"Secondly, to facilitate their contribution to the architecture of a better world, the human rights and fundamental freedoms of women and girls must be protected so that they will benefit from globalization," she stressed.

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