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Vatican envoy seeks UN attention to domestic violence

October 11, 2016

In an October 10 address to a UN session on the advancement of women, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s permanent observer, gave top priority to the problem of domestic violence.

“It is alarming that about 35% of women worldwide have experienced physical violence at some point in their lives, mostly domestic and sexual,” said Archbishop Auza.

The Vatican’s representative also called attention to economic inequalities that affect women, genital mutilation, and human trafficking.

At the close of his remarks, Archbishop Auza mentioned the role of women in family life, saying that the Vatican “remains very supportive of, and active in, efforts and initiatives aimed at protecting women’s dignity and advancement, and at improving their living conditions and participation within the family and society.”


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Nov. 10, 2016 11:40 PM ET USA

    Very interesting that the good Bishop doesn't breakdown to finer detail the 35%.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Oct. 12, 2016 12:42 AM ET USA

    And the countries and cultures where domestic violence is worst are all Muslim. I hope Abp. Auza is including conversion from Islam to the One True Faith among the "efforts and initiatives" he mentions to "protect women's dignity and advancement." But probably not.