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Cyprus’ Religious Leaders Condemn Violence Against Women

March 8, 2017

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The leaders of Cyprus’ Christian and Muslim faithful banded together Wednesday in a pledge to work with authorities and help end violence against women and girls on the ethnically divided island.

The heads of Cyprus’ Muslim, Orthodox, Latin Catholic, Armenian and Maronite Christian communities, issued a first-ever joint statement on International Women’s Day to condemn violence targeting women and girls.

Stating that men and women are equal in the eyes of God, the leaders said Christianity and Islam condemn violence against women and that it is their religious duty to stand united against it. They also rejected the “misuse of religion to vindicate” such violence.

They expressed concern that violence continues to be “one of the most pervasive manifestations of discrimination” against women in Cyprus.

“It is our responsibility not only to condemn violence in statements, but to ensure that we live by what we’ve signed here today,” said Armenian Orthodox Archbishop Khoren Toghramadjian.

Mufti Talip Atalay, the Muslim leader in the island’s breakaway Turkish Cypriot north, said beyond pronouncements, religious leaders need to take concrete steps in hopes that at their next gathering they can’t point to a genuine improvement in helping to end violence against women.

Archbishop Chrysostomos, head of Cyprus’ Greek Orthodox Church, said it’s imperative for everyone to support women because they are “the most perfect image of God.”

Researchers Mine Atlil and Susana Elisa Pavlou said almost one in three women on both sides of the divide have experienced some form of violence.

“Religious leaders taking a stand makes a difference,” said Elizabeth Spehar, the U.N. Secretary General’s Special Representative to Cyprus.

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