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Women and Children: Global Challenges and Opportunities

 Featured Calendar Dates

January 11: Human Trafficking Awareness Day
March 8: International Women’s Day
October 11: International Day of the Girl Child
November 25: International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women (Orange Day, 25th of Every Month)

Speak Out Sunday, November 23, 2014
All churches are invited to dialogue, teaching, prayer and action about sexual and gender based violence  and its prevention. Find ideas and resources to use for Speak Out Sunday on the Sunday closest to November 25, the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Learn more at We Will Speak Out: Uniting to End Sexual Violence

 Women, Gender-Based Violence, and Peacemaking

War and Peacemaking
                Amnesty International: Women, Peace and Security
                Raise Hope for Congo; Violence Against Women
                UN Women: Women, War & Peace
Ending Violence Against Women
                We Will Speak Out: Uniting to End Sexual Violence
                UniTE to End Violence Against Women
                16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign (Rutgers Univ. Center for Women's Global Leadership)
                National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women:
                Advocacy for US Violence Against Women Act

                UN Women: Virtual Knowledge Center to End Violence Against Women and Girls
                U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence (USAID 2012)
                An Analysis of U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender‐Based Violence: (Women Thrive Worldwide, 2012)
Trafficking in Persons

 Women, Poverty, and Economic Development

Addressing early childhood development through nutrition, education and basic health care is the most effective strategy for improving broader social development and the well-being of women and girls in particular. Supporting women and girls is the most important factor in building healthy communities and a stable global community. Through the relief and development programs of One Great Hour of Sharing and Week of Compassion, the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) reach families around the world in need of vital food, nutrition and healthcare assistance.  In addition, our churches work with partners like Church World Service and Bread for the World to advocate for robust U.S. and international food policies and programs.

1000 Days Campaign for Maternal Health and Nutrition
A thousand days. From pregnancy through the first two years of life are the most important to ensure a child grows up as healthy as possible. Yet millions of babies around the world, and their mothers, do not receive the essential nutrition necessary for strong and healthy bodies. Sadly each year 3.5 million children die of malnutrition. With support from the US “Feed the Future” Program and the faith community, the Thousand Days campaign targets action and investment to improve nutrition for mothers and young children during the critical 1,000 days from pregnancy to age 2, when better nutrition can have a lifelong impact on a child’s future and help break the cycle of poverty.
 
Millennium Development Goals and Women

 Women’s Rights and Global Leadership

Ecumenical Women at the United Nations
InterAction focus on Gender Equality
UN Commission on the Status of Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Resources

Church World Service Resource: Women and Climate Change
Church World Service Resource: Twice As Thirsty: Women, Children and Water
Ecumenical Women at the UN Advocacy Guide
InterAction focus on Gender Equality

Additional Links

1000 Days Campaign
Bread for the World: Maternal and Child Nutrition
Disciples of Christ, Disciples Women ministry
National Council of Churches, Justice for Women Working Group
United Church of Christ, Justice for Women
Women Thrive Worldwide



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