A spiritual remedy for gender-based violence

If we are truly loving our neighbor, it is impossible to be indifferent to the issue of gender violence afflicting our communities, especially women. An article on the website of UN Women, a United Nations entity working for the empowerment of women, states that according to the World Health Organization, an estimated “35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives” (unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/facts-and-figures). It also cites the World Bank Group’s findings from a few years ago that “at least 140 countries have passed laws on domestic violence, and 144 have laws on sexual harassment.” 

While this last reference indicates an important step of progress, it is no guarantee that any country will respect or implement recommendations made by UN Women or the World Health Organization to ensure women’s safety. 

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