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Structure and Accountability

Purely male Catholic networks and connections between Church, politics, and society still determine discourse, especially when it comes to questions of abuse, exploitation, and the position of women in the Church. In some countries, networks censure reports and documentaries that highlight such treatment. This prevents the guilty in Church and politics from being named, and thus prevent the rights of women and vulnerable persons from being enforced.

Women demand to create a structure and an environment that enables the Church to become a global leader in upholding and modelling comprehensive human rights, particularly those that protect women against violence, extremism, and limits on her freedom.

Church structures and canon laws should be renewed to protect the rights of all members of the Church, regardless of gender or sexual identity, and not just the rights of priests and bishops. We must eradicate clericalism.

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