Ending Gendercide 2017-09-21T13:55:29+00:00

ENDING GENDERCIDE

“I saw a picture in my mind, that our nation was soaked with blood…the blood of millions of innocent girls. I cried out, ‘How will healing come from such a horrendous crime?'”
– Ending Gendercide Program Director

In India

  • An estimated 500,000 baby girls are aborted each year in India

  • Indian girls are 40% more likely than boys to die before the age of five

 

The lie that women are less valuable than men destroys lives around the world, but when combined with India’s dowry customs, it is particularly vicious. The practice of dowry—when the bride’s family pays a huge sum of goods and money to the groom’s family—means that daughters are a huge financial burden. And once married, a woman “belongs” to her husband’s family, so she won’t help care for parents in old age or be part of the family support system. The result of this mindset is devastating. Women in India face abuse, neglect, and even gendercide.

The government has outlawed the practice of dowry, gender-revealing ultrasounds, and gender-selective abortion. They have passed laws to curb domestic violence. But laws cannot change hearts and minds. Only a movement of people bringing God’s truth can make a lasting difference in this life-or-death issue.

THE PROGRAM

BRINGING TRUTH TO CHURCHES

Too many churches in India believe, “Gender justice is not our issue.” We work with churches to create awareness about violence against women in all forms. With some, we go on to develop core groups to address domestic violence issues they see in their churches and community. Our partner churches are now organizing awareness programs, family counseling, and support for women experiencing violence. Women are beginning to see the Church as a place to get help.

BRINGING TRUTH TO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

On university campuses, we host screenings and film discussions of a documentary about gendercide. At these events, more than 1000 students have signed pledges not to give or take dowry and to protect their future daughters. We also offer internship and volunteer opportunities to train students to speak out and to run campus-awareness events. Ultimately, we seek for these students to become a force for change in India as their views of gender and the value of human life become aligned with biblical truth.

Bringing Truth to Churches
BRINGING TRUTH TO CHURCHES

Too many churches in India believe, “Gender justice is not our issue.” We work with churches to create awareness about violence against women in all forms. With some, we go on to develop core groups to address domestic violence issues they see in their churches and community. Our partner churches are now organizing awareness programs, family counseling, and support for women experiencing violence. Women are beginning to see the Church as a place to get help.

Bringing Truth to Churches
BRINGING TRUTH TO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

On university campuses, we host screenings and film discussions of a documentary about gendercide. At these events, more than 1000 students have signed pledges not to give or take dowry and to protect their future daughters. We also offer internship and volunteer opportunities to train students to speak out and to run campus-awareness events. Ultimately, we seek for these students to become a force for change in India as their views of gender and the value of human life become aligned with biblical truth.

PLEASE PRAY

  • Please pray for new staff to join our team. Pray for the right people with a passion to share God’s heart about this issue. Pray especially for someone to lead the initiative to raise advocates on university campuses.

  • Please pray for the initiative to teach churches about domestic violence. Pray for the churches who have already received the training as they reach out to other churches, spreading the ideas of how to prevent domestic violence and how to support those affected by it. Pray for new opportunities to spread this training with mainline denominations.

  • Please pray for the worldview of India to change so that women and girls are valued and loved for who God has made them to be.

  • Please pray for God to give our staff appropriate words as they address this delicate issue.

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STORIES AND UPDATES

Below are two recent articles related to the Ending Gendercide Program. You can read more related stories and updates on our blog.

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