Written by Evangelist Carolyn Clemons, Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
A PRAYER FOR THE ELIMINATION OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
Heavenly Father, how great you are. Creator of all flesh, you who made male and female in your own image, we praise your name.
You commanded us to love one another, and to treat each other fairly. justly and equally. To you, Lord, there is no male or female, Jew or Greek, for all are one in Christ Jesus.
We intercede in prayer for victims and survivors of domestic violence, rape, trafficking, genital mutilation, discrimination, constraining, enslaving, and any other abuse and violation of human rights.
We ask you Lord to break cultural barriers, traditions and practices that permit and perpetuate domination of women, withholding them from educational resources, decision-making opportunities, and control over their own bodies. Overthrow laws that sanction restriction and exploitation of women. Tear down, uproot and cast out the source of all gender-based violence.
Pour out your healing upon all victims and survivors and empower them with strength, endurance and boldness to challenge the status quo, speak truth to power and effect change. Cause them to know your grace is sufficient for them to endure, in your strength and that they are valued and loved by you.
Cause hearts and minds to yield to the spirit of love, justice and equality for all, that we may live in peace and harmony, one with another, in Jesus name.
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2020
On this day we acknowledge the Free Flow Movement. Their work focuses on the availability of hygiene sanitary products which are used to manage her period. For many, this is the beginning of a female’s health journey that lasts throughout her lifetime.
We are aware there is no one answer to the perfect environmental product or one type that meets the needs of all women and girls throughout the world. We do recognize the importance and understand that this human right is connected to health, education, work and water. We seek to raise awareness, remove cultural shame and the shortage of resources that stop her from going to school, work and living each day to her fullest.
We ask you to join us in supporting Free Flow Movement a non-profit organization “that focuses on the impacts and effects of menstrual hygiene management for women and girls around the world”. A movement for Women by Women: www.freeflowthemovement.org