"The inclusion and promotion of
women’s participation in public life means accepting and honoring every woman
in all aspects of her personhood"
On March 24, Dr. Francesca Di Giovanni, Under-Secretary for the Multilateral Sector of the Section on Relations with States of the Holy See, gave the statement of the Holy See before the Sixty-Fifth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The remarks were delivered virtually.
Dr. Di Giovanni spoke on three key areas: violence against women and girls; women's participation in public life; and women's education. Di Giovanni condemned violence against women and girls and noted the role pornography plays in abetting the trafficking and objectification of women. She called for society to combat the "motherhood penalty" that often disadvantages mothers in their education and careers. Finally, she described education as indispensable to girls' integral development, highlighting how access to a quality education can break cycles of poverty and exclusion.
To watch her statement, please click here. It can be read in full here.