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Holy See: Women should have greater role in peace building

The special capacities of women are essential to 'spare our world from further scourges of war'.

Vatican City: 

The Vatican's representative to the U.N. has advocated for women to have a much greater role in peace building initiatives.

"The Holy See has long advocated for an increased involvement of women in making, maintaining and building peace," said Archbishop Bernardito Auza, permanent observer of the Holy See to the U.N. on Oct. 25, reported Vatican Radio.

Speaking at a U.N. Security Council Open Debate, Archbishop Auza said women can and should play much greater roles in preventing the outbreak of war through mediation and preventive diplomacy, in reconciling, rehabilitating and rebuilding societies in post-war situations, and in avoiding relapses into armed conflicts.

"Their special capacities to bring order out of chaos, community out of division, and peace out of conflict and their special gifts in educating people to be more receptive and sensitive to the needs of others is essential in order to spare our world from further scourges of war and help heal the wounds of previous and present violent conflicts," said Archbishop Auza.

"To harness the special capacities of women in peace and security, however, an international effort should be made to enable them to succeed, something that will be difficult to achieve if women still represent a disproportionate number of the world's disadvantaged."

Source: UCAN

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