Monday, December 1: Women and Health

Invitation to Orange your neighbourhoodThe United Nations has designated November 25 as the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaignlasts from November 25 to December 10, Human Rights Day, chosen to emphasize that violence against women is a violation of human rights. The theme for this year’s campaign set is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence!” The UNiTE Campaign and UN Women offer suggestions to mark each day of the 16 Days of Activism.

Monday, December 1: Women and Health

  • Organize high-level visits to violence against women service providers such as those working within the health system, the police, counselling services, shelters, the legal system and social services, providing support to survivors of violence, as well as one-stop crisis centers. Bring attention to the need for coordination of those services and inform about the availability of such services. Spread the word on social media.
  • If there are adequate health support services for survivors of violence in your community, work with them to promote their services amongst target communities.
  •  Follow the World Health Organization – @WHO on Twitter to learn more about the impact of violence on the physical and mental health of women and girls.

Prayer for the day:

We pray for the health of women and their families throughout the globe. We pray for women who are struggling with diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Fistula, and any other form of sickness that afflicts over the long term. We pray for women facing stigmatization due to their illness. We pray for doctors, nurses, health workers and all involved in the health of women throughout the globe. We ask for healing and joy in the midst of any sorrow due to conditions of ill health. Amen.

prayer by Alison Fraser, intern from Princeton Theological Seminary

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