By ACNS staff
A booklet has been produced to assist those churches and dioceses around the Anglican Communion planning to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Violence Against Women.
The resource has been produced by the Revd Terrie Robinson, the Anglican Communion Networks' Co-ordinator and the Women's Desk Officer at the Anglican Communion Office. It offers 16 pointers to what is and can be done by Anglicans and Episcopalians worldwide to end gender-based violence.
“Each year, more and more Anglican churches and dioceses around the Communion are using the international 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women to break the silence, challenge harmful attitudes, and engage women and men in taking action to prevent and end gender based violence,” said Mrs Robinson.
“The 16 Days begin on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. Partway through, on 1 December, World AIDS Day can be seen as a reminder that HIV/AIDS and violence against women and girls are twin pandemics and cannot be approached entirely as separate phenomena.
“Locally, you are the experts, you know the particular challenges being faced by women and girls in your community, region or country. You are in the best position to discern what needs to be transformed and transfigured and to discover who you can work with to begin to the change that God is longing for.
Mrs Robinson added, “The information in this booklet offers a flavour of the sort of resources already available within and beyond the Anglican Communion. I hope you will find material that will assist and inspire you, and others working and praying with you, to take steps towards ending and preventing violence against women and girls, and ensuring that survivors of violence are listened to and enabled to recover and flourish in their families and communities.”
Download the booklet here.