In 2013, the World Health Organization reported that 1 in 3 women globally will experience sexual and gender based violence in her lifetime; a study released in 2011 by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had already produced similar findings in the US, while noting that along with 1 in 3 American women, as many as 1 in 4 American men will experience this violence as well.
WeWillSpeakOut.US is a movement of diverse faith groups from across the US joining other leaders for action and advocacy to end the silence around sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). The movement's mission is to work at local, national and global levels to raise awareness, care for victims, encourage law enforcement and change our culture of inaction.
SGBV is a public health concern affecting people physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. In line with its mission of alleviating the suffering of others, Week of Compassion recognizes the importance of empowering churches and individuals to address this issue in our communities and around the world. IMA World Health is proud to partner with Week of Compassion and amplify the efforts of many dedicated organizations, congregations and individuals working to put an end to this violence.
WHY THE FAITH COMMUNITY?
In 2011, International Development Charity Tearfund released 'Silent No More,' a report highlighting the Church's collective silence and failure to adequately respond to SGBV around the world. It called all churches to account and to action, spurring the We Will Speak Out movement. The faith community is a powerful agent of social change and possesses a founding principle of love and the abundance of voices needed to influence culture.
END THE SILENCE
November 24, 2013: SPEAK OUT SUNDAY is a day for congregations and people of all faiths to unite to speak out, pray and end the epidemic of sexual and gender-based violence in our communities and our world. We invite you, our partners across the life of the church to SPEAK OUT and address how our churches, communities, and world are affected by SGBV and how we can advocate on behalf of those affected, help create healing, and work for ways to keep people safe.
Details, Downloads, and Ideas for raising your voice are available at www.wewillspeakout.us.
To put your Compassion into Action and support the innovative, impactful work of IMA World Health and other partners of Week of Compassion, please follow this link.
This week's responses:
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
Lebanon, Syrian Refugee Support