Rome – Pope Francis, speaking on a prime-time television program, said there was something “almost diabolical” about the large number of women who are victims of domestic violence.
The pope made the remarks on Sunday during a show broadcast on Italy’s top private channel, Canal 5, called “Francis and the Invisibles”, which aimed to shine a spotlight on those who were struggling to part ways. It featured three women and a man who met with the Pope to discuss various issues and ask for advice.
Francis was talking to an Italian woman named Giovanna, a victim of domestic violence who had left her abusive relationship and found herself without a job and homeless along with her four children because of the coronavirus. He urged her to be strong.
“The number of women in their homes being beaten, harassed, even by their husbands, is overwhelming,” Francis said Sunday night. “The problem is, to me, it’s almost diabolical, because it’s taking advantage of the weakness of people who can’t defend themselves, can only hold back blows. It’s humiliating, very humiliating.”
Lockdown restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus have left many women in a vulnerable position, and Francis has spoken out against domestic violence on several occasions since the pandemic began nearly two years ago. She has repeatedly called on society to protect vulnerable women at risk while isolating victims in their prayers.
In February, he released a video calling attention to the issue, and its many expressions: “psychological violence, verbal violence, physical violence, sexual violence,” Francis said. These abuses are “cowardly act and degradation of all humanity”.
In her Christmas message last year, she called on people to be “supportive and helpful” to women who have faced domestic violence during these months of lockdown.
And on Easter Monday, 2020, when many countries were enforcing strict lockdown provisions, Francis spoke in support of “the many mothers and sisters and grandmothers who are confined to their homes” and “risk to tolerate violence” “
Recently, Francis marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November writing on twitter: “Various forms of mistreatment of many women are acts of cowardice and the downfall of all humanity. We must not look the other way,” the Pope wrote in his account, @pontifex,
Many cases of domestic violence go unreported, but according to United Nations Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to empowering women and gender equality, nearly one in three women – an estimated 736 million worldwide – from a partner. Has been the victim of violence or has at least once been sexually assaulted by someone else.
Last month, the organization released a report that said domestic violence had intensified during the pandemic, which left women more vulnerable to abuse, sexual assault and violence, affecting their emotional and mental health.
The World Health Organization also monitors violence against women and recently ran a 16-day campaign called #SafeHome with football governing body FIFA to “raise awareness of domestic violence and support those at risk”.
Francis met abuse victim Giovanna for “Francis and the Invisibles”, a special news program filmed at Casa Santa Marta, a special news program filmed at Casa Santa Marta, a reference to people who were at times marginalized and overlooked by society, at his residence inside the Vatican. .
He also met Maria, a homeless woman, Pierdonato, a man who had served 25 years in prison, and Maristella, an 18-year-old student who expressed the concerns of her generation battling the pandemic.
“I knew he comforted people, but I didn’t expect it,” Giovanna said of his meeting with Francis.