22:11A Petition To Kirill, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia
Pressure group "Pro
Feminism" calls for signatures for a
petition opposing the discriminatory statements of the Russian Orthodox
Recently we have witnessed
a number of statements made by high-ranking representatives of the Russian
Orthodox Church (ROC), which affect women's dignity, rights and freedoms
and justify discrimination and violence against them.
Take, for example, the head
of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for Relations with the Armed Forces,
Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov, who made sexist, discriminatory and chauvinistic
statements, which were in contradiction with The Constitution of the
Russian Federation and The Convention for the Elimination of All Forms
of Discrimination against Women (ratified by the Russian Federation).
While for the government it is certainly necessary to take measures
to address high abortion rates, Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov suggested
forbidding abortion by law and the introduction of a criminal penalty
for having an abortion. While it is the position of the UN that there
are not enough women in power, Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov tries to convince
Russian women that they engage in politics - an activity deemed to be
unsuitable for women - only because their family life is unsuccessful.
Addressing the conference on
ethnic relations, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the Synod
for Church Social Relations, re-iterated two false stereotypes at once
- that immigrants are prone to violence and women themselves should
be blamed for being raped.
The pressure group "Pro Feminism" calls for action against these discriminatory statements by the Russian Orthodox Church and urges people to sign the petition to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, head of the ROC, asking him to repeal the ROC's discriminatory policy against women and demand high-ranking members of the Church to apologise for their statements.
To sign the petition go to following link: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/russian-orthodox/
And push the button "Подписаться"
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