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.)
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.
Women, I encourage you to choose solidarity and “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” (Prov. 31:8). Here are some ideas:
- Learn about domestic-violence programs in your city, and consider volunteering. Google it.
- 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.
- Read about examples of gender-based injustice around the world on our Poverty 180 Gender-Based Injustice Blog.
- 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.
-United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon