ROME, JAN. 21, 2003 ZENIT International News
Agency.- A new institute in Rome is designed to focus
on the true identity of women and their specific capacity
to humanize culture and society.
|Woman, mother and educator of the human person|
The Institute of Higher Studies
on Women (ISSD) was inaugurated Jan. 16; it is affiliated
with the Legion of Christ´s Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum
Its objective is to promote a new
concept of feminism that defends the rights of woman without
destroying her particular values, and that exalts the richness that
femininity contributes to education in the civilization of love, its
Cristina Zucconi Galli Fonseca, president of the institute,
said in her inaugural address: "Unfortunately, the sexual revolution and,
even more so, the materialistic and utilitarian philosophies of feminism
of the ´60s to ´80s spread the belief that a
woman´s personal fulfillment depended on her abandoning those very elements
that distinguish her from man, primarily maternity."
According to Zucconi,
these ideas "caused disorientation and unease in the way of
addressing personal, family and professional life, as have forms of
discrimination and exploitation that woman has suffered and continues to
suffer in history."
"For this reason," she added, "the ISSD
tries to study further and to promote what is specifically
feminine, as mother and first teacher of the human being,
as the one who gives life and can make a
specific contribution to culture, education, society and the family."