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CofE presence at UN Commission on Status of Women

A Church of England podcast published today highlights the issue of gender violence in the run up to the CofE's presence next month at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).  According to the UN, one in three women around the world is raped or beaten in her lifetime.

In the CofE podcast Stella Creasy MP talks about the work of the One Billion Rising campaign which demands an end to all violence against women and urges church and faith groups to support its work.

Mandy Marshall, the CofE representative at next month's UN Commission, said the role of churches is vital both acting as an information hub as well as offering support to women who are abused. "At the UN Commission one of my roles is to promote the importance of using the local church in addressing gender-based violence. The One Billion Rising campaign underlines this message and I would urge as many as possible to sign up to it today."

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 Church of England will be using the UK Presidency of the G8 Summit to focus on two key concerns - hunger and gender-based violence."

Mandy, who is co-director of Restored (ending violence against women) will be using social media to keep supporters updated during the Commission which runs from March 4-15.

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