New York City, N.Y., Oct 9, 2019 / 23:35 pm
Violence against women remains a global concern for the Vatican, an official told members of the United Nations this week, stressing that society must "advance and defend all the rights derived from the inalienable human dignity of every woman and girl."
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the UN, on Monday sent an address to the UN General Assembly's third committee that highlighted the "unique and irreplaceable" role of women in the world.
"While significant progress has been made in increasing the participation of women in social, political, economic and cultural life, and in ending violence against women and girls, much remains to be achieved," Auza said.
He cited a report from the UN Secretary-General and said migrant women in particular, including many female migrant workers, are at risk of labor exploitation, human trafficking, and also face broader social exclusion. He said this remains a deep concern of the Holy See.