New York City, N.Y., Mar 9, 2010 / 04:05 am
Some United Nations’ programs dedicated to advancing gender equality are becoming “increasingly ideologically driven” and a hindrance to women’s genuine advancement, says Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations.
In a Monday speech at the U.N. in New York City, the archbishop lamented that in recent official U.N. documents there have been interpretations of gender that “dissolve every specificity and complementarity between men and women.”
“These theories will not change the nature of things but certainly are already blurring and hindering any serious and timely advancement on the recognition of the inherent dignity and rights of women,” he warned.
Archbishop Migliore lamented that almost no document or resolution of international conferences and committees “fails to attempt to link the achievement of personal, social, economic and political rights to a notion of sexual and reproductive health and rights which is violent to unborn human life and is detrimental to the integral needs of women and men within society.”