Sunday, March 8, 2009

Women and men united to end violence against women and girls

International Women's Day May 8, 2009

"Each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women."

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A Prayer:

You gave us to each other, Lord,
In love to live and grow,
One flesh created, giving life,
Delight and trust to know.

With grace for joy and constancy
You bless each human soul,
To mirror your self-giving love,
Make mind and body whole.

But anguished cries now rise to you
From hearts betrayed and shamed,
By lashing tongue and thrusting fist,
And touch unasked, unnamed.

The hands you made for tender care,
Love's openness to tell,
Strip self-esteem, wreak fear and death,
Make home a hidden hell.

Stretch out your nail-marked hands in love,
Make violence to cease;
Heal those whose cruel acts and words
Destroy their loved ones' peace.

Restore the homes deprived of joy,
Deliver those in pain,
Bring justice, liberty from fear,
And hope to live again.

by Anna Briggs
(Found in the SPCK Book of Christian Prayer)

We pray for the end of violence against women and girls...

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