AMERICA/MEXICO - Catholics committed to combating feminicides and gender-based violence

Thursday, 28 March 2019 women   violence   civil society  


Mexico City (Agenzia Fides) - "We want to deepen, through an open, interdisciplinary dialogue, issues related to discrimination based on gender, its influence on the family reality and on the problems of social exclusion", says to Agenzia Fides Ivonne Ruiz, resonsible of the communication of the 'Lumen Gentium' Catholic University of the Archdiocese of Mexico City, which organized the second International Congress on "Gender, family and social exclusion", underway in the Mexican capital.
"The Congress starts from a current and experiential theme, which concerns a worrying phenomenon in our country right now", continues Ruiz. "Important issues such as feminicide and gender-based violence, which are very high in Mexico, affect thousands of women without finding adequate answers. In this way the future of humanity forged in the family is penalized, considered a sacred place seen from a theological point of view, without forgetting the philosophical perspective of identity and gender models", says Ivonne.
The woman notes: "The first Congress was launched last year on the twentieth anniversary of the encyclical 'Fides et Ratio' of John Paul II. The objective is to continue each year with a reflection of a social, anthropological and religious nature".
Mexico is one of the Latin American countries with the highest incidence of feminicides, preceded by Argentina and Bolivia. According to the United Nations at least 6 out of 10 Mexican women have suffered an episode of violence. 41.3% of women were victims of sexual violence and nine women are killed every day. (AP/PM) (Agenzia Fides, 28/3/2019)