Working for Tearfund has certainly been opening my eyes to the state of the world in which we live. It is such a privilege to work for a charity who’s vision it is to see these thing made right no matter how big the task seems.
Today is the start of the 16 days of activism to end violence against women. It runs from 25th Nov until Human Rights day on the 10th Dec.
In the UK 1 in 4 women will suffer domestic violence in her lifetime and 2 women a week still die due to domestic violence. Its 1 in 3 women globally. The UN state that Globally, women between the age of 15-44 are more likely to be maimed or die as a result of male violence than through cancer, malaria, traffic accidents or war combined (UN 2007)
- Domestic violence is the largest form of abuse of women worldwide, irrespective of region, culture, ethnicity, education, class and religion.
- It is estimated that more than two million girls are genitally mutilated per year, a rate of one girl every fifteen seconds.
- The number of women forced or sold into prostitution is estimated worldwide at anywhere between 700,000 and 4,000,000 per year.
- Did you know over two women per week are killed by current or ex-partners, and that one in four women in the UK will experience domestic violence in their lifetime?
Restored is a global Christian alliance to transform relationships and end violence against women. We believe that Christian churches have huge potential to help prevent violence, but also need to change their own attitudes and practice. Our specific focus will be the prevention of domestic violence and sexual violence against women and girls. This will include a Christian men’s initiative on preventing violence against women, which will come under the main alliance. Restored’s priority in its first year will be to develop a pack to help churches address violence against women in their communities.
Tearfund’s press release on the launch of the church pack can be found here http://www.tearfund.org/News/Press+releases/Domestic+abuse.htm
And on a loosley related thread: watch this – Zainab Salbi: Women, wartime and the dream of peace: