At its meeting in February 2009, IAWN’s Steering Group and Provincial Links confirmed the elimination of all forms of violence against women and children, especially trafficking, as one of their key concerns and undertook to promote awareness and action. Below are some resources intended to inform and assist this process. Links to further resources can be found here
Breaking the Silence: The Church responds to Domestic Violence by Anne O Weatherholt is a publication from The Episcopal Church and approaches domestic violence from a spiritual perspective. It gives advice on how to recognise the signs of domestic abuse and how church communities can offer help to those who are caught in abusive relationships. Morehouse Publishing, Harrisburg, NY, 2008.
Responding to Domestic Abuse: Guidelines for those with pastoral responsibilities is a Church of England resource with guidelines for good practice at parish and diocesan level.
Church Action on Domestic Abuse: This is an example of a diocesan resource (Oxford, Church of England) giving parishes information and advice for combating domestic violence and supporting victims.
The Decade to Overcome Violence 2001-2010 is an initiative of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and strives to strengthen existing efforts and networks for preventing and overcoming violence, as well as inspire the creation of new ones.
UniTE to End Violence Against Women is a campaign initiated in 2008 by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.
UNIFEM: The United Nations Development Fund for Women has a section on Violence against Women, which includes facts and figures and other resources.
WUNRN: The Women's UN Report Program and Network is a non-governmental organisation that seeks to implement the conclusions and recommendations of a United Nations Study on Freedom of Religion of Belief and the Status of Women From the Viewpoint of Religion and Traditions.
The Faithtrust Institute, USA is an international, multifaith organisation working to end sexual and domestic violence. It provides communities and advocates with the tools and knowledge needed to address the religious and cultural issues related to abuse.
The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to end violence against women and children around the world and offers on-line resources on a variety of issues such as ‘coaching boys into men’, and ‘knowing more and saying more about how to stop dating abuse and reproductive coercion’.
The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is a global initiative to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. It is a way of saying, 'Our future has no violence against women'. The WRC has a number of national websites with excellent resources including :-
Aotearoa New Zealand www.whiteribbon.org.nz
'No Exceptions… A Faith Perspective on the myths and realities of domestic abuse': In September 2002, a group representing the major Christian churches and organisations in Scotland planned a conference on domestic abuse which was held at Caledonian University, Glasgow. The same inter church group subsequently organised a study day with workshops on themes of domestic violence. Under the title 'No Exceptions… A Faith Perspective on the myths and realities of domestic abuse', a report of the conference was produced, along with an information/training pack for organisers of conferences and study days raising awareness of issues of abuse. These resources are available at www.nationalcommissionforsocialcare.org/news/Domestic_Abuse.htm. the report includes keynote addresses by Dr Mairead Tagg of Easterhouse Women’s Aid, and the Revd Kathy Galloway, Leader of the Iona Community, Scotland.
UNHCR Hanbook for the Protection of Women and Girls: This handbook, formally launched by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in November 2009, was written specifically for UNHCR but contains a lot of material that is used by UNHCR partners, eg, CARE or the Kenyan Refugee Network, and that could be of use to local parishes, for example, the chapters on 'Strengthening participation of women and girls', 'Working with men and boys', etc. The handbook is included in interactive CD-Roms available from UNHCR in French, Spanish and Arabic.
The Ujamaa Centre for Biblical and Theological Community Development and Research in Southern Africa has some excellent resources for contextual bible study, including a Contextual Bible Study Manual on Gender-Based Violence (associated with the Tamar Campaign which works primarily with women and young girls who are the survivors of gender violence, but also addresses male socialization), and a PowerPoint presentation on Redemptive Masculinities.
Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: An Analytical Inventory of Peacekeeping Practice - This UN document captures innovative strategies by peacekeepers, from firewood patrols in Darfur, to market escorts, night patrols and early-warning systems in DRC, or rehabilitating civilian infrastructure in Haiti. It describes direct and indirect tactical efforts to combat sexual violence and sets out a checklist of emerging elements for an effective strategic response.
Religions for Peace: Restoring Dignity, A Toolkit for Religious communities to end Violence against Women - This excellent Toolkit includes sections on the various forms of violence against women; the intersection of violence against women with HIV/AIDS, poverty, war and conflict; education and awareness; prevention; advocacy, and other vital issues in upholding the God-given dignity of women and men.
Preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women
This document produced by the World Health Organization Departments of Reproductive Health and Research and Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, provides a planning framework for developing policies and programmes for the prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence. The manual is built around a life-course perspective that recognises how infant and early childhood experiences influence the likelihood of later becoming a perpetrator or victim of intimate partner and sexual violence.
Domestic Violence Handbook: For clergy and pastoral workers
This handbook published by the Joint Churches Domestic Violence Prevention Programme in South Australia describes the forms and patterns of domestic violence, explodes some of the myths, and offers guidelines for clergy and lay workers in responding to domestic violence.
The Joint Churches Domestic Violence Project (JCDVPP)
was established in 1991 in South Australia in response to the needs of victims and perpetrators of domestic Violence in the Church and community. It was in recognition of the fact that in many instances, those needs were being inadequately or inappropriately addressed by the Church. JCDVPP seeks to address the problem by raising the awareness of clergy and lay people through the publication of literature and workshops. The Resources section of their web site includes leaflets, courses, DVDs and other resources to assist clergy and lay workers in training or responding to domestic violence in their church or community.
Created in God's Image: From Hegemony to Partnership
This set of guidelines for discussion, theological reflection and bible study, was developed by the World Council of Churches and the World Communion of Reformed Churches and aims to strengthen men's role in ending gender violence. It provides an inclusive approach for men to participate in transforming gender relations which produces male violence.
Tearfund report: Silent No More - The untapped potential of the church in addressing sexual violence: This report launched during an international event at Lambeth Palace, London, on 21 March 2011 sets out conclusions from Tearfund-sponsored research in DRC, Liberia, Rwanda and Burundi into the persistence of sexual violence against women and girls. It highlights the silence of the church and the part played by churches in reinforcing the stigmatisation of victims/survivors. The report also contains recommendations for how churches can speak out, change attitudes, and offer pastoral and practical care.
Men for Gender Equality Now (MEGEN) is a Kenyan society of men and women who engage in community sensitization and education work, advocacy and campaigning to challenge unequal power relations between men and women, transform harmful masculinities into positive ones and put an end to gender based violence. Their vision is a violence free society where females and males are valued equally, and to this end their goal is to create a critical mass of Kenyan men and women who are able to influence community, organizations and the public to embrace gender equality as a norm. See here for a MEGEN report 'Defying the Odds: Lessons learnt from Men for Gender Equality Now'.
Praying for an End to Violence Against Women: Liturgical resources from the Anglican Church of Australia for White Ribbon Day and related occasions
Stop the Traffik : With the strapline ‘People shouldn’t be bought and sold’, Stop the Traffik is global movement of individuals, communities and organisations fighting to prevent human trafficking around the world.
Churches Alert to Sex Trafficking Across Europe (CHASTE) is a charity which works for the global eradication of trafficking for sexual exploitation, the provision of practical care and support for those who have been trafficked, and the suppression of demand which drives the supply of women and the girl child into the sex markets of Europe. CHASTE’s publications The Real Scandal of Sex Trafficking and Not for Sale: Raising Awareness, Ending Exploitation provide resources for worship, education and action.
The website of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has a section on Human Trafficking which offers a wealth of information and resources.
The UNODC February 2009 Global Report on Human Trafficking is available here:
An Executive Summary of this report is here:
The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) was launched in 2007 to promote the global fight on human trafficking, on the basis of international agreements reached at the UN. Recognising that human trafficking is a crime of such magnitude and atrocity that it cannot be dealt with successfully by any government alone, UN.GIFT works with all stakeholders - governmental and non-governmental - to support each other's work, create new partnerships and develop effective tools.
Look and See our Disgrace: This 2007 report published report from the Churches Regional Commission for Yorkshire and the Humber, UK, calls on 21st century Christians to complete the work of early abolitionists to tackle the injustice of human trafficking. The report provides a briefing for churches on the various forms of trafficking, bringing home the reality of the trade in human beings as commodities within our own communities and across the globe. A raft of recommendations is supported by informative briefings and useful resources which aim to equip churches for a practical response.
'Anglican Consultation on Human Trafficking with a focus on children in Asia' 3 to 6 November 2009:
Women and men from around the Anglican Communion gathered in Hong Kong for a four-day consultation on the human trafficking of children, with a particular focus on the girl child in Asia. The consultation was organised by the Office of the Anglican United Nations Observer and was supported by a grant from the Archbishop of Canterbury, with accommodtion, board, and ground transportation generously provided by the Primate of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, Archbishop Paul Kwong. Documents from the consultation, including country reports, theological reflections, examples of churches' best practice and presentations by experts from the United Nations and ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) are available here:-
Together we must is a joint UNIFEM/ActionAid publication which acknowledges the intersection of the pandemics of gender based violence and HIV/AIDS, and reviews 'promising practices' in addressing that intersection. These promising practices cover such areas as cultivating men as allies, empowering youth, and building an integrated approach in the health sector. Available as a pdf in English French Spanish
The One Man Can Campaign supports men and boys in taking action to end domestic and sexual violence and HIV/AIDS, and in promoting healthy, equitable relationships that men and women can enjoy - passionately, respectfully and fully. The campaign website has a wealth of resources including workshop activities and action sheets.
Addressing Violence against Women and HIV/AIDS: What works?
This document produced by the World Health Organization Department of Reproductive Health and Research and UNAIDS provides a summary of existing evidence on the intersections between violence against women and HIV/AIDS, and interventions to address these. It provides policy and programmatic recommendations for national and international HIV/AIDS programmes and for future programme development, evaluation and research efforts
Issue Brief: Stopping violence against women and girls for effective HIV responses
This issue brief published by the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS describes the links between violence against women and HIV, with a focus on what is needed to address these linkages better, meet women�s prevention, treatment and care needs, and uphold the rights of women and girls.
Anglican women at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2008 reported to the ACC that budget analysis, whereby budgets are assessed to see how they benefit or negatively impact women and men, is an important step towards establishing a financial strategy for gender equality, and therefore towards achieving Millennium Development Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women. It is hoped that the following will inspire the development of further Anglican resources and prompt the reporting of case studies from the Provinces of the Anglican Communion for inclusion here.
Gender Budgets: Uplifting Women, Men, and Children is a tool kit for parishes developed by Anglican Women’s Empowerment. Available in English and Spanish.
The World Bank website has a section on Gender and Development. (Click on ‘Topics’, then alphabetically to ‘Gender’.)