By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager
This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Advocacy.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God…”
On Thursday, many of us will come together with our loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving, express our gratitude, and eat a delicious meal.
While everyone will be focusing on Thanksgiving, it is essential to note that November 25th also marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
This annual observance has become more prevalent throughout the years as nearly 1 in 3 women have been abused in their lifetime, and during the pandemic, those numbers went up. (1)
According to the United Nations, since the pandemic, 2 in 3 women reported that they or a woman they know experienced a form of violence and were more likely to face food insecurity. (1)
Other troubling statistics about violence against women include that 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner and that 137 women are killed by a member of their family every day. Even more devastating is that fewer than 40% of women who experience violence seek help of any sort. (1)
The 2021 theme of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now! This theme is meaningful as orange is viewed as representing a brighter future free of violence against women and girls. (1)
It is also notable that International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women will launch 16 days of activism that will conclude on International Human Rights Day.
To learn more about how you can raise awareness about International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, visit the UNWomen website and post on social media using the hashtags: #GenerationEquality, #OrangeTheWorld, #16Days, and #SpreadTheWord. (1)