Protecting Femininity and Human Dignity in Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality Policies Today

On Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

March 19, 2019
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

United Nations Headquarters – ECOSOC Chamber




Gender equality was adopted as a UN agenda for the purpose of the advancement and empowerment of women. Recent interpretations of gender and gender equality have called into question women’s genuine human dignity and the feminine genius. Uncritical adoption into policy of novel theories of gender jeopardize the advancements made in protecting the dignity of women and girls by devaluing their unique nature. This has important implications for the infrastructures and services that are designed to help women and girls.

By diminishing the uniqueness of women and their needs, new notions of gender attenuate the focus on women’s unique needs and hamper their empowerment.

This panel of women leaders will enlighten and inspire the audience with personal testimonies and scholarly and professional expertise. Panelists will propose practical and actionable solutions to the challenges women and girls face in many different arenas.




“Subverted: How the Sexual Revolution Hijacked the Women’s Movement,” Sue Ellen Browder, Author


“Women in non-traditional roles: raising girls in an era of changing norms and roles,” Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.  Founder, American Council on Women, Peace, and Security, Senior Vice President for Research, C-Fam

 “Pro-life is Pro-Woman,” Lila Rose, President, Live Action



“How Gender Equality Policy is Translated to Harmful Programs in Kenya,” Anne Kioko, Founder and Director, African Organization for Families; Campaigns Manager for Africa, CitizenGo




Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations
Center for Family & Human Rights (C-Fam)

Panel: Policies to empower women must protect femininity, human dignity, Beth Griffin, Catholic News Service, March 20, 2019