Catholic Charities USA brings poverty message to the UN

Women of faith have a unique role to play in reducing poverty around the world, Candy Hill, senior vice president for public policy and government affairs at Catholic Charities USA, told a conference at the United Nations in New York.

Speaking June 15 at Religions for Peace, a consultative symposium of the North American Women of Faith Network, Hill said that poverty can be reduced significantly if people, particularly women, work to reduce the disparities that exist across cultures.

Hill cited how women, despite the strides they have made, today are more likely to make significantly less money then men and disproportionately make up the number of working poor in the U.S.

Similarly, women have been impacted more severely by the current economic recession than men because the jobs they hold are more likely to see layoffs, loss of health care benefits and wage cuts, she said.

“Each one of us owes the women of history and the women and girls in the misery of urban poverty our divine gift of love, care and courage,” she said.

Hill urged conference participants to be the “caretakers of the work of the creator, the perpetuators of creations in this world,” in order to achieve justice for all.

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