Human Rights Day ends 16 days of activism/prayer against gender violence
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is a global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and its impact on a woman’s well-being. It commences on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and concludes on 10 December, Human Rights Day.
“Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls” is the 2017 overarching theme that reflects the core principle of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
DAY THIRTEEN: 7 December Femicide
Femicide is the intentional killing of women or girls because they are females
A large proportion of femicides are committed by current or former partners. (World Health Organisation)
Family members commit 66% of Femicide attacks.
Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 16: Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.
Pray for women and girls in situations of violence.
DAY FOURTEEN: 8 December Ownership and Objectification of Women
In 128 countries, laws treat men and women differently, making it impossible, for example, for a woman to independently obtain an ID card, own or use property, access credit, or get a job.
Women frequently face sexual objectification in daily interpersonal interactions and through the active and passive consumption of multimedia. Emma Rooney
Each human being as a subject can never be reduced to the status of an object. Pope Francis
Pray for women and girls who are being devalued because they are female and for those who disempower them.
DAY FIFTEEN: 9 December Patriarchy in the Church
Patriarchy is a system of society, in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.
“I hear similar themes repeated by victims, of church cultures that treated women’s bodies as inherently problematic and seductive….that questioned women’s ability to think rationally or make decisions without the leadership of men. … blamed victims of sexual abuse for inviting the abuse…That effectively silenced victims by telling them that reporting the crime would reflect poorly on the church…These women describe an environment of fear…which made it hard to report, or even to acknowledge, the abuse…”
In communities still weighed down with patriarchal and chauvinistic customs, it is good to note that the Gospel begins by highlighting women who were influential and made history.
We must “see in the women’s movement the working of the Spirit for a clearer recognition of the dignity and rights of women.” Pope Francis
Pray for the empowerment of women and girls in the Church.
DAY SIXTEEN: 10 December: UN International Day of Human Rights
Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed 70 years ago.
Article I: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
Article 14 Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries, asylum from persecution.
Pray for an increase in compassion towards those whose human rights are being abused.
Prepared by P. A. Molloy pbvm Queensland, based on material produced by “Future We Need”, a faith based group with members from the Columbans, Franciscans, Mercy, Presentation and Salesians.