Promoting moral renewal, ending drugs, multiple sex partners, violence against women: Key areas
- Working with tarven owners in a program to challenge attitudes and behaviour of men towards violence, drugs, absent parenthood, multiple sex partners and traditional family values.
- Strengthening a network of women who are active in challenging and transforming the way the criminal justice system handles cases of domestic violence and rape: long turn around time, low conviction rates, secondary trauma, high attrition rate.
- Mobilizing church leaders to be active agents in ending gender violence and inequality.
“We state as clearly and strongly as we can that violence against women, inside or outside the home, is never justified. Violence in any form”—physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal”—is sinful; often, it is a crime as well. We have called for a moral revolution to replace a culture of violence. We acknowledge that violence has many forms, many causes, and many victims—men as well as women.” United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, When I call for help: A pastoral response to domestic violence against women.
“Millions of women and girls around the world are assaulted, beaten, raped, mutilated or even murdered in what constitutes appalling violations of their human rights…. We must fundamentally challenge the culture of discrimination that allows violence to continue. On this International Day, I call on all governments to make good on their pledges to end all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world, and I urge all people to support this important goal.” – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, November 25, 2012