Glimpses of Hope in the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25, marks the Annual Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Every year there are simply hundreds of special days. It’s impossible to keep up with them all. But regardless, this is one that I do think is worth pausing to remember.

By | 2017-11-21T15:40:32+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Categories: From the Directors|Tags: , |

Reflections on Working With Ending Gendercide

This blog was originally posted on March 9, 2015. I vividly remember the first time I heard about gendercide. I sat in a church service in Cambridge, UK, and our pastor showed us a clip from ‘It’s A Girl’, an excellent and powerful documentary highlighting the issue of gendercide in India and China. The stories described broke my heart as I was hit by the horror that we could devalue our girls to such an extent; however, the thing that most surprised me was the fact that I had not heard of this issue before. How was it possible that 200 million missing girls could go unnoticed by us in the UK? That’s about 3 million a year, double the amount of people that died from [...]

By | 2016-07-18T05:30:42+00:00 July 18th, 2016|Categories: Ending Gendercide|Tags: , |

What We’re Doing for International Women’s Day

I have memories of Women’s Day ever since I was in elementary school. Growing up in Europe, March 8th was a good day to be a girl. Boys would give us flowers at school, husbands would surprise their wives with a bouquet, my dad would get chocolate for his girls. It was natural for me that women are beautiful, valuable, hard-working creatures who should be celebrated. I didn’t know there were parts of the world where being born a girl was undesirable or even dangerous. India also observes International Women’s Day, honoring women’s accomplishments in different ways on this day, but acknowledging that women are equal to men is still not an everyday reality. There has been much progress in recognizing women’s value in the [...]

By | 2016-03-07T05:30:38+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Categories: Ending Gendercide|Tags: , |

Glimpses of Hope in the Elimination of Violence Against Women

For some crazy reason my latest relaxation reading has been biographies written by women about their lives in some of the more difficult nations in the world. Just in case anyone’s wondering, it’s not great relaxation reading. On the plus side it does burn off lots of calories as I go speed walking to burn off my frustration. One of the latest books that I read was “I am Nujood, aged 10 and divorced.” I remember vaguely hearing about this on the news when it happened. As was traditional in her area, Nujood’s family arranged for her to marry an older man. Whilst he promised not to consummate the relationship until she had reached puberty, the moment they got back to his village he became [...]

By | 2015-11-23T05:30:24+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Programs, Stories, From the Directors|Tags: |

Day of the Girl Child

October 11 is the third annual “International Day of the Girl Child.” If, like me, you live in the United States, you might be asking yourself, “Is that really the best name the UN could come up with?” And then, your next question might be, “What is that day even for?” Well, funky name notwithstanding, October 11 is really a big deal kind of day. We live in a world where:* Gender-based violence is the second leading cause of death among adolescent girls. Close to half of all girls aged 15 to 19 (about 126 million people) think that it is sometimes justified for a husband to beat his wife. 250 million girls and women alive today were married before the age of fifteen (1 [...]

By | 2015-10-08T05:30:08+00:00 October 8th, 2015|Categories: Ending Gendercide|Tags: |

Reflections on Half the Sky

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (2009) is a best seller. It has sparked a movement with impressively famous spokespeople. So, yeah, I’m late to the party. But in case you haven’t read this important book, as I had not, I figured I should bring it to your attention. Half the Sky is excellently written and researched. It is very educational about a wide range of issues faced by women around the world. And the authors use many personal stories to drive the narrative, which makes it readable. Obviously, it has impacted and mobilized a lot of people. But… […]

By | 2015-03-19T05:30:34+00:00 March 19th, 2015|Categories: Learn and Apply|Tags: , |

Women That Inspire Us: Rose

In celebration of Women’s History month, we want to introduce you to some women who are making history right now within Reconciled World. Rose* is a team leader with the TCT program. We asked her to share her story. I was born in a family that practiced ancestor worship. My father died in 1967. My mother wasn’t able to provide for our family on her own, so she sent me to an orphanage when I was ten years old. There I heard the name of Jesus for the first time. Every night I studied the Word of God with other older orphans. At the age of fourteen I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. […]

By | 2015-03-16T05:30:39+00:00 March 16th, 2015|Categories: Stories, Truth Centered Transformation|Tags: |

Women that Inspire Us: Balini

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we want to introduce you to some women who are making history right now within Reconciled World. Balini* works tirelessly on behalf of girls and women with our Ending Gendercide project in India. We asked her to share her story: I was born & brought up in a Christian family. Though I was not discriminated against in matters of food, education or my upkeep, I grew up in a culture of son preference. I was taught the stereotyped roles of women and men in the family. Cooking, cleaning, caring for family members and all household chores were for girls to do, while boys could roam around and play as they liked. Many a times I was punished by my [...]

By | 2015-03-12T05:30:29+00:00 March 12th, 2015|Categories: Ending Gendercide|Tags: |

Reflections on Working With Ending Gendercide

I vividly remember the first time I heard about Gendercide. I sat in a church service in Cambridge, UK, our pastor showed us a clip from ‘It’s A Girl’, an excellent and powerful documentary highlighting the issue of Gendercide in India and China. The stories described broke my heart as I was hit by the horror that we could de-value our girls to such an extent; however, the thing that most surprised me was the fact that I had not heard of this issue before. How was it possible that 200 million missing girls could go unnoticed by us in the UK? That’s about 3 million a year, double the amount of people that died from AIDS in 2013 [1]. How could news about something of [...]

By | 2015-03-09T05:30:34+00:00 March 9th, 2015|Categories: Ending Gendercide|Tags: , |

International Women’s Day

According to my Facebook feed, a few weeks ago at the Oscar’s Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech included a reference to equal pay. Meryl Streep applauded. A number of my friends shared it on Facebook with their supportive comments. And it all got debated in the media. I have no opinion. My brain has no space to form an opinion. I just got home from the DR Congo – the worst place in the world to be a women. Rape is common, with some statistics saying that in the east 85% of women are raped. Before that I was in Uganda, where I met women who have lived through being kidnapped to serve as wives of soldiers. Another person I met there told me that in [...]

By | 2015-03-05T05:30:12+00:00 March 5th, 2015|Categories: Learn and Apply, From the Directors|Tags: |
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