23 November 2012
Churches are being urged to support White Ribbon day this
Sunday, November 25, the UN International Day for the Elimination
of Violence against Women, by praying and putting up awareness
posters, a lifeline for abused women, in ladies toilets.
Mandy Marshall, the CofE representative at next year's UN
Commission on the Status of Women, says churches are well-placed to
offer support and be an information hub.
"UN statistics show that, globally, women between the ages 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
"Churches play host to community activities all week as well as
on Sunday and can offer support on this issue by awareness
raising campaigns as it is all too easy to think it only happens to
others. Prayer is vital but we have found that posters put up in
ladies toilets with contact information can be a lifeline
for women who feel they have nowhere to turn to."
The worldwide Anglican Consultative Council, which met this
month and was attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury and other
church leaders, has also called for an end to gender based violence
saying it "it is time for action" and called for support for
initiatives at grassroots level.
Dr Charles Reed, the Archbishops' Council International and
Development Affairs Secretary, said: "The issue of gender violence
can often be overlooked but Home Office statistics show that, in
the UK alone, 25% of women will experience domestic abuse at some
point in their lifetime. The excellent resources from Restored can
be used this Sunday as a focus but are also relevant all year
Church resources can be found via the White Ribbon website* or
The date November 25 marks the assassination, in 1960, of the
three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican
Notes to Editors
*White Ribbon Day http://www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/