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Stop violence against women and children

· Audience with heads of international organizations ·

Pope Francis pledges his full support to the commitment to respecting the human rights which are being violated around the world and joins those who work to stop violence against women and children amidst conflict. 

Maria Cristina Perceval, permanent representative of the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations, who met with the Holy Father on Friday morning, 10 April, recounted this to L'Osservatore Romano. Accompanying Perceval at the meeting were Leila Zerrougui of Algheria, Zainab Bangura of Sierra Leone and Julienne Lusenge of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Together these women spoke to the Pope about the culture of respect, reconciliation, tolerance and peace but also about prevention, protection and the need for punishment for those who are responsible for these crimes. Ms Perceval also underlined how during wars too often victims of violence are the weakest: children, women, the poor and ethnic and religious minorities. The Pontiff agreed that these victims must not be blamed or discriminated against, but rather reintegrated into families and into society.

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Nov. 14, 2018

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