“While global statistics on gender-based violence are uneven, estimates show that one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime” (UN Chronicle article on confronting violence against women).
I’m deeply distressed over such statistics, aren’t you? The studies also report that this violence is often inflicted by intimate partners or family members. It’s a worldwide epidemic.
This violence can take many forms. It’s estimated that annually “up to 2 million people, many of who are from the 150 and more countries constituting the ‘global South,’ are trafficked into prostitution, forced labor, slavery or servitude.” Especially in the global South, this violence includes rape and defilement; practices of female genital mutilation in parts of Africa and the Near and Middle East; dowry murders in South Asia; female infanticide, prenatal sex selection and systematic neglect of girls, particularly in South and East Asia, North Africa and the Middle East (UN Chronicle).
What is TWR’s Project Hannah (PH) doing to address this grave issue in women’s lives? In the March 2011 report from PH’s team in Liberia, the following letter from a Liberian male listener to the Women of Hope program was included:
Dear producers of the Women of Hope radio program:
Greetings in our Lord Jesus Christ. I’ve been a man who used to beat on my wife always, but since I started listening to this radio program, I no longer beat on my wife. These programs have encouraged me greatly.
The power of the Word of God through the Women of Hope programs is evident. We hear from men whose lives have been redeemed by the gospel of Jesus Christ through the PH programs. Often, they come to understand the dignity-giving biblical view of women.
What a joy to have a part in this significant ministry! I’ve had the privilege of being one of the writers for the “Soul Messages” for the Women of Hope program. Check out the radio programs available on the PH website under ”Media” tab.
You, too, can be involved in touching the lives of suffering women around the world. Visit Project Hannah’s website to learn more.
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