Country / Region profile of: Vatican

Women activists would like to see the Holy See (also known as the Vatican) agree with them on the issues of gender equality and women's empowerment. The Holy See is not currently involved in a large-scale conflict or war. It is not a signatory of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and is not ranked on the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). However, this country was one of the first to ratify the Nuclear Ban Treaty. During the 2017 October Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, the Holy See committed to engage women in their efforts aimed at conflict prevention and resolution, peacemaking and peacebuilding in many parts of the world. Support for women peace advocates from the Catholic Church would greatly influence the progress of the WPS Agenda worldwide.

“As women we have an important role to play for peace. One of the participants said to me: ‘It is so important that you are here. I know the rich contribution a woman can make!’ As we listened to those beautiful prayers and music I recalled the words of the Pope at the Angelus, just a few hours before: the Mother Church and the Mother Mary are ‘both mothers, both women’.” - Margaret Karram