“We cannot build inclusive just communities unless we strive to eradicate gender based violence and end child abuse which has became a pandemic in our country” states Rev Dr Roger Gaikwad, General Secretary of National Council of Churches in India . “NCCI appeals to member churches and its leaders to actively engage in and promote the 16 Days of Activism Campaign against Gender Based Violence and Child Abuse” states Dr Gaikwad.
The UN has declared 25th November as International Day for Elimination of Violence on Women. From 25 November through 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence aim to raise public awareness and mobilizing people everywhere to bring about change. The All India Council of Christian Women ( AICCW) – Women’s Wing and Women and Gender Justice Commission of NCCI appeals to member churches to express their faith in action and mobilize people everywhere to bring about change to end gender based violence . AICCW invites churches to ‘Break the Silence on Violence on Women and Girls to promote NCCI’s Campaign: 365 Days Zero Tolerance to Gender Based Violence Make it Happen Now!!!
NCCI also invites Churches to engage in spiritual formation and education to empower men and boys along with girls and women to work in partnership to end gender based violence. “Such education should start right from Sunday School at a tender age, and is necessary if we want to build a culture of peace and end violence on women and children” states Moumita Biswas – Executive Secretary of AICCW.
FACTS ABOUT VIOLENCE ON WOMEN
- Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic.
- Violence against women is a human rights violation
- The culture of rape is predominant in India.
- 1 out of 3 women in the world face physical or sexual violence caused by their intimate partner
- Every 20 minutes a woman or girl in India gets raped
- Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women
- Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security
- Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential
How 16 Days of Activism Campaign Can be Promoted by Churches in India -:
- Share and Know Facts about Gender Based Violence
- Engage congregations, communities, youth , students , church and community leaders to participate in this campaign
- Organize programs, activities , engage in advocacy of different campaigns to end Gender Based Violence
- Break the Silence from the Pulpit about Different forms of Gender Based Violence
- Hear stories of survivors and their struggles to experience life in its fullness
- Help and support victims to come out of abusive relationships
- Support survivors of violence and journey with them in their process of healing and rehabilitation
- Hold Prayer Services focusing on ending Gender Based Violence
- Reinforce policies on gender justice and against sexual harassment, child protection polices in workplaces , churches , institutions , organizations etc .
- Equip people and communities to be aware of human rights of women and children and demand protection of rights to life and dignity from the government
- Focus on education of girls with power and dignity
Links of Resource on 16 Days of Activism Campaign
* World Council of Churches (www.oikoumene.org)
*International Anglican Women’s Network (www.iawn.anglicancommunion.org/resources)
*Mothers Union (www.mothersunion.org)
* UN Women (www.unwomen.org)
* International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women (www.un.org)
All India Council of Christian Women,
Women and Gender Justice Commission of NCCI