Native American Heritage Month
“Not until the half of our population represented by women and girls can live free from fear, violence and everyday insecurity, can we truly say we live in a fair and equal world.” United Nations Secretary General António Guterres
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is Nov. 25.
Living free from violence is a human right, yet millions of women and girls suffer disproportionately from violence both in peace and in war, at the hands of their countries, in their homes, and their communities.
What is violence against women? It is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women. Violence against women, also known as gender-based violence, is a human rights violation and continues to be a global pandemic. It knows no social, economic or national boundaries.
Violence against women impacts and impedes progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/ AIDS and human trafficking, increasing education, employment and leadership opportunities, and ultimately peace and security.
- Pray and work for transformation of our societies, which often find it easier to judge the victims of violence than to solve the problems of injustice.
- Pray for all who face prejudice, inequality and gender discrimination.
- Work to end discrimination, regardless of the form it takes. Together may we overcome violence in all its forms, and celebrate our diversity and interdependence.
World Health Organization
Debbie Weber, director