New York City, N.Y., Mar 7, 2012 / 02:08 am
In a March 6 address, the Vatican’s delegation to the United Nations highlighted the important role of women in society and advocated for the rights of suffering rural women around the world.
“Full respect must be accorded to the dignity of women, which is grounded in the very nature of being human and from which flow both rights and responsibilities,” said Dianne Willman, attaché at the Holy See Mission, in an address to the fifty-sixth session of the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women.
Willman delivered the March 6 statement on behalf of Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations.
She acknowledged that rural women account for a significant portion of the world’s population and that the obstacles confronting these women are often great.