Women's rights positive but unfinished: Vatican UN delegation

The worldwide women's movement has been substantially positive, "even if it is still unfinished," said the Holy See's delegation in 2 March remarks at the United Nation's 50th anniversary session of its Commission on the Status of Women.

"Attempts to replace present inequalities must be done in a timely and bold manner as well as with great care," said the statement from the delegation, which is headed by Archbishop Celestino Migliore, papal nuncio to the United Nations.

"All those who want to favour the progress of women must pursue it by the moral strength of their arguments," it added.

"They will never do so, if they insist on linking women's freedom, dignity and equality to unsound policies that have handicapped women's true progress in recent times."

The commission, established in 1946, is a body of the UN Economic and Social Council.

Vatican's U.N. delegation says world's women have made major gains (Catholic News Service 6/3/06)

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The Holy See Speaks on Behalf of Women (Zenit 3/3/06)
Holy See's Address on Violence Against Women (Zenit 3/3/06)

8 Mar 2006