Every year Anglicans around the Communion get involved with the annual 16 Days of Activism, 25 November to 10 December, to draw attention to the continuing realities of gender-based violence in all its forms and to recommit to bringing the gender-just values of our faith to our different contexts.
These are some of the events and resources that helped us to pray, reflect and act during the 16 Days of Activism 2017.
We let the world know that because we are precious in God’s eyes, we will not keep silent about sexual violence and gender-based violence. Anglicans joined ecumenical partners in this social media campaign to publicise our commitment to changing attitudes and behaviours that diminish all our lives.
The Diocese of Polynesia with the House of Sarah and the Christian Network-Talanoa pre-empted the 16 Days and White Ribbon Day with Break the Silence Sunday on 19 November.
They used this collection of liturgical resources in English, Vosa Vaka-Viti and Hindi. The prayers and sermon notes would be useful any time of the year.Download the Resource
At St Peter’s Eastern Hill in East Melbourne, Australia, an ecumenical ‘Holding the Light’ service remembered victims and survivors of domestic violence. The church bell was tolled 42 times to pay tribute to the women who were murdered in Australia by someone known to them between January and November 2017. Pray with the video Here. Find out more about the work of Think Prevent who organised the service.
The Mothers’ Union produced an inspiring bundle of resources for the 2017 16 Days— Bible study material, fact sheets, posters and more. Watch their video for the 16 Days featuring IAWN Steering Group member Revd Immaculée Nyiransengimana who is Mothers’ Union Provincial Coordinator for the Anglican Church of Rwanda.
Photo credit: www.sidebysidegender.org
The Church of Uganda Planning, Development and Rehabilitation Department took the lead in organising a Big Run to raise awareness in Kampala which culminated with a Prayer Dialogue for Religious Leaders. Watch the video at http://bit.ly/2ILrDqX.