Vatican delegate spells out new threats to women's dignity
Professor Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, spoke to the Economic and Social Council Commission on the Status of Women in the follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women, known as 'Beijing+10'.
Professor Glendon was also head of the Holy See delegation at the previous conference, which was held in Beijing in September 1995.
Professor Glendon specified the problem of "the changing age structure of the world's populations. The combination of greater longevity, falling birth-rates, rising costs of health care, and shortage of care-takers is already giving rise to tensions between younger and older generations."
"In its Final Statement at the Beijing Conference," she said, "the Holy See expressed the fear that the sections of the Beijing documents dealing with women in poverty would remain empty promises unless backed up by well-thought-out programs and financial commitments."
She stressed that "the key to moving women and their families out of poverty is education", and that "the Holy See, with its longstanding dedication to educating women and girls, notes with concern, therefore, that improvements on this front have been slow."
Many women suffering new threats to dignity, says Vatican delegate to U.N. (Catholic News Agency 8/3/05)
UN Beijing +10 Conference
Academy President addresses U.N. on Status of Women (Vatican Information Service 8/3/05)
Mary Ann Glendon at Beijing+10 (Zenit 7/3/05)
Beijing+10 Meeting to Review Progress Made in Advancement of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls (United Nations Information Service 25/2/05)
Flame of women's freedom burns on (Independent Online, South Africa 8/3/05)
9 Mar 2005