Violence against women “plagues all strata of every society, all religious and ethnic groups”, and the entire community must be mobilised to end such acts.
“We cannot remain silent/indifferent in the face of the onslaught of such violence,” said the Catholic Commission for Social Justice (CCSJ) in a November 24 media release, a day before the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25).
“Catholics believe that God imprinted a right moral order in the hearts of men and women,” said the release, “but some have strayed from this path”. It continued, “Violence is fed by a lack of formation of conscience; and by the existence of a culture that allows it to continue unabated. The sanctity of life and the dignity of the human person are the foundation of the moral vision of a society.”