Holy See Studies Feminine Side of Immigration

NEW YORK, AUG. 31, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Women often bear the brunt of the difficulties endured by immigrants, according to a congress organized by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations.

“The Human Dignity of Women in Contemporary Society: Issues and Best Practices in Migration and Refugee Services” is the name of the meeting to be held Sept. 13 as a side event to the High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development at the United Nations.

The meeting is co-sponsored by the Path to Peace Foundation, the Vincentian Center for Church and Society and St. John’s University in New York.

The event, the first in a series, will identify and discuss the key contemporary social, economic and legal issues impacting women migrants and refugees within home and host countries.

The panelists hope to pinpoint current best practices, and provide a forum for the exchange of experiences across nations.

Subsequent meetings in the series will cover care-giving within the family, and aging with dignity and security.

These side events are planned to be presented in conjunction with the upcoming Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and Commission on the Status of Women meetings.

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