BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL! Defend women suffering from injustice – only $9/month

Today, just having given thanks for all that we have, American women will descend in herds upon mega malls, strip malls and outlet malls. (Let's be honest: it's not the finest example of our society's values.)

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At the same time, the world will turn its face to the ⅓ of the world's women who have been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused — usually by a friend or family member.

On November 25, 1960, three sisters who opposed a dictator in the Dominican Republic were assassinated by persons unknown. In their honor, in 1999, the United Nations declared November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Today kicks off a full 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, culminating on December 10: Human Rights Day.

In places like Mozambique and Ethiopia, tradition says that if a girl becomes pregnant due to rape, she must marry her abuser. FH actively, persistently works to change this mindset. (read more)

Women, I encourage you to choose solidarity and “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” (Prov. 31:8). Here are some ideas:

  1. Learn about domestic-violence programs in your city, and consider volunteering. Google it.
  2. Look for opportunities to come alongside women near you who suffer from violence. At a rate of 1 in 3, if you look for it, you'll likely find someone you can help.
  3. Read about examples of gender-based injustice around the world on our Poverty 180 Gender-Based Injustice Blog.
  4. Jump in and join Poverty 180, giving $9 (or more) per month specifically to programs that fight gender-based injustice. You'll get regular updates on how your money is being used.
“Violence against women and girls takes many forms and is widespread throughout the globe. On this International Day, I urge governments and partners around the world to harness the energy, ideas and leadership of young people to help us to end this pandemic of violence. Only then will we have a more just, peaceful and equitable world.” 
-United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
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Related posts:

  1. Men lead the charge to protect women and girls from violence
  2. Working with all sectors of society to protect women and girls
  3. When is “it’s just cultural” not an excuse for allowing injustice?
  4. Four causes of violence against women in the Dominican Republic
  5. Step into the classroom with victims of gender-based injustice

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