“Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development. It imposes large-scale costs on families, communities and economies. The world cannot afford to pay this price.”
— Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General.
Today is The International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women.
“One in three women around the world experience violence in their lifetime, often in the hands of someone they know, love and trust.
Violence against women and girls, a gross human rights violation, devastates lives, causes untold pain, suffering and illness. It also incurs high economic costs. A recent study estimated that the cost of intimate-partner accounted for 5.2 per cent of the global economy
Beyond the direct medical and judicial costs, violence against women takes a toll on household and national budgets through lost income and productivity.
Deep-rooted inequality in the roles, rights and opportunities of men and women, and attitudes and social norms that condone or normalize such violence, have made the problem tenacious, but not inevitable. With laws to protect women and punish perpetrators, services to rebuild women’s lives and comprehensive prevention that starts early, ending violence against women and girls can become a reality”. – UN WOMEN
We all need to pull our resources and efforts together to end the circle of violence. Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential. We are called to fight for justice and take up the cause of the oppressed.
Psalm 82:3 (NLT)
“Give justice to the poor and the orphan;
uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute”
African women and girls (and in fact, women all over the world) are still being beaten at home, sexually and economically exploited, assaulted on our streets or at work, harassed online or while playing sports, raped, mutilated, or forced to marry.
We cannot afford to remain silent in the church and outside the church because this affects us too. As long as we remain part of humanity, it is our business to not just speak up, but take actions to end this. It is our responsibility to ensure that women fleeing abusive situations have access to medical care, legal support, appropriate trauma counseling and psycho-social care.
It is also our utmost responsibility to ensure that our communities as Christians is not a breeding ground for abuse through our theology, enabling behavior, shaming and judgement.
We serve a caring God. we represent him by being caring people.