One of my takeaways from watching the film Miss Representation is the documented link between violence in media and violence perpetrated upon living beings. Violence in media fuels and produces violence in our homes and communities. Despite a growing body of evidence of this preventable truth, those creating and consuming media—whether it’s movies, television, video games, or the Internet—generate and call for more and more violence.
As Christians we are called to be peacemakers, and our world desperately needs us to address violence against women. We cannot sit idly by. Talk with your family members about gender violence. Pray for the victims, pray for the perpetrators. Screen a film. Hold a vigil. Organize an art exhibit.
What will you do this day to work for the elimination of violence against women and girls?
This message is an excerpt from a 2011 Women of the ELCA blog, “Blessed are the peacemakers,” by Linda Post Bushkofsky.