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Christian and Muslim women of Kirkuk unite against violence 1 August , 2011

Kirkuk (AsiaNews) – The Free Union of Women (Christian) of Bethnahrain (Mesopotamia) in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, today held a conference focusing on “violence against women” in the great hall of the Chaldean cathedral. The event was attended by more than 100 Christian and Muslim women, along with personalities from the government and civil society. Ahead of the event, the Union carried out a survey on a thousand women in the city of Kirkuk to understand the incidence of phenomena of violence suffered in the past. The vast majority of respondents (88% of the total) said they had suffered some form – more or less serious – of violence and the tendency of continuous growth clearly emerged.

The event organized by the women’s movement was also attended by the archbishop of Kirkuk, Msgr. Louis Sako, who presented the Christian point of view regarding women. “Christianity – said the prelate – never believes that women are inferior to men or have an element of secondary importance.” In the hierarchy, according to the theological concept of creation, women have an equal importance in terms of human value and capability. ” Archbishop Sako mentioned the Bible, where it is written that God created man in His own image and likeness “(Gen 1 – 27).
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