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Slovakian bishops warn that international convention on violence against women promotes gender ideology

November 29, 2016

The Catholic bishops of Slovakia are opposing ratification of an international convention on violence against women, because the convention uses language that reflects “gender ideology.”

“Any form of violence committed on women is condemnable and absolutely inadmissible,” said Archbishop Stanislav Zvolensky of Bratislava. However, he continued “all concealed attempts of simultaneously advocating for other issues, such as the gender ideology or teaching of so-called non-stereotypical roles in schools, are unacceptable.” The archbishop said that some sections of the proposed convention—for example, a claim that children are born without a specific gender—“contradict human experience and common sense.”

The net impact of the convention, Archbishop Zvolensky said, would be to harm the work of organizations and institutions that reject gender ideology—such as the Catholic Church. Many such organizations, he pointed out, have been deeply involved in efforts to stop violence against women, and could not “face direct discrimination” because of the proposed international accord.


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