In the Pope Video for February, the Argentine pontiff issued an uncompromising denunciation of violence against women in all its forms – psychological, physical, sexual and verbal. He called those who perpetrated such abuses against women “cowards”. He said: “It’s shocking how many women are beaten, insulted, and raped.
“The various forms of ill-treatment that many women suffer are acts of cowardice and a degradation of all humanity. Of men and of all humanity.”
He went on to praise women who “dare to break their silence” to seek help and said the church can’t look away.
The level of violence committed against women worldwide continues to astound.
Statistics compiled by UN Women, updated in November of 2020, show that each day 137 women are killed by members of their own family and that adult women make up nearly half of the victims of human trafficking.
Globally, one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence at some point.
In addition, the coronavirus pandemic has made women ever more vulnerable to violence in their homes.
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“There are so many cases of violence that stay silenced behind so many walls.
“I am calling on you to fight against this source of suffering through legislation and a culture that rejects every type of violence.”
UN figures indicate that of the 25 countries with the highest rates of germicide, more than half are in Latin America.