According to the United Nations website, “Up to 70 percent of women experience violence in their lifetime.” And considering girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence and one-quarter of high school girls have been physically or sexually abused, we know that the abuse can start in childhood.
The UN-sponsored International Day to End Violence Against Women is November 25. The Day also kicks off the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign that runs until December 10 (Human Rights Day), inviting individuals and groups to mobilize and call for the elimination of violence against women and girls.
We can only make a difference by talking about this issue and doing our best to let women and girls know that we will not accept abuse.
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Elizabeth McBride. Today we remember Isaac Watts, hymnwriter, who died in 1748.