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The Holy See on Women

“Education Is a Key to the Authentic Advancement of Women in the World”

This was the key message of the Holy See delegation of the Economic and Social Council’s 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Other highlights mentioned the need to:

  • respect education based on human dignity and respect of religious and cultural values
  • base human dignity on natural law
  • allow parents to influence children with regards to sexuality
  • virtues and risks of media communication
  • labor equality for women according to their nature
  • respect for family

Below some direct quotes. For the full address, find it here.

“The principles by which educational agencies, institutions and schools operate must be firmly rooted in a profound respect for human dignity and with full respect for religious and cultural values. If this is absent, then education is no longer a means of authentic enlightenment but becomes a tool of control by those who administer it.

The authentic advancement of women necessarily entails recognition of the deep fundamental anthropological truths about man and woman, the equality of their dignity and the unity of both, the well-rooted and profound diversity between the masculine and the feminine and their vocation to reciprocity and complementarity, to collaboration and to communion

The true advancement of women requires that labor should be structured in such a way that women do not have to pay for their advancement by abandoning what is specific to them and at the expense of the family, in which women and mothers have an irreplaceable role.  As foundational instruments of the United Nations Organization rightly point out, the family, founded on the marriage between a man and woman, is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State (cf., Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Art. 16,3; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Art. 23,1)..”

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