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Gendered Violence

Eradicating gender-based violence has been a major theme in the UK's Presidency of the G8 in 2013. Information about the Church of England's engagement with this campaign is available here.

Earlier, the Revd Gill Jackson joined 20 delegates from the Anglican Communion at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2011 to discuss the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl-child. Her report can be found here.

 'We believe that the way violence ruins the lives of women and children is too pressing to be ignored'

This was the cry from the heart of the delegates of the third consultation organised by the International Anglican Family Network in Oceania in October 2010. Like the previous two (one in Kenya and one in Seoul), this consultation on violence and the family was attended by workers, clergy and bishops involved in Anglican family ministries.

The delegates had all been sent with the support of their local church leaders demonstrating leaders' views that tackling violence sits at the heart of the Church's mission and ministry. They shared stories of real suffering by women and children in both the church and local community and acknowledged how uncomfortable it is to face the reality of domestic abuse so it becomes an issue which is tacitly acknowledged but never named.

However they also shared lessons of hope about how to change attitudes and behaviour and designed a 6-step action plan which they were going to do in their own communities but which they commended to the whole Anglican Communion.

Backing up the findings of the consultation IAFN has published a series of 3 newsletters on violence and the family the last one being published this month. Each newsletter tells stories of Christians across the Anglican Communion who are attempting to break the taboo of silence and challenge and change the attitudes and behaviours in their own communities.

In January 2011 the Primates of the Anglican Communion issued a letter to all provinces, urging them to raise the profile of the Millennium Goal no. 3, promote the use of liturgies and resources to eliminate gendered violence particularly during the 16 days of action from 25 November and to change attitudes and practice particularly amongst young people.

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