International Women’s World Day of Prayer 2017
March 7 is Women’s World Day of Prayer. March 8 is International Women’s Day.
Since 1995 the International Women’s Day of Prayer is a special day in the church calendar for women to learn about each other, pray with and for each other, and help each other. It precedes International Women’s Day. It is a time to unite with God and one another and to strengthen spiritual bonds. Prayers by and for women everywhere create a spiritual network of empathy and understanding. Men are also welcome to become a part of the day of prayer, but the focus should be by and for women.
Thousands of women will gather to pray on the International Women’s Day of Prayer. This is an opportunity to invite women of other faiths and religions to join their Christian sisters in a network of prayer and spiritual support.
International Women’s Day is a day when the world is encouraged to reflect on the position and role of women in society and to celebrate their social, economic, cultural and political achievements across the globe. However, it is about championing gender parity, not only for International Women’s Day, but EVERY DAY, in all sectors of the global community.
In the lead-up to Women’s Day, the IRIN news agency has published a challenging and disturbing article on the plight of women and girls in refugee camps in Northern Nigeria, set up to offer refuge to the 1.7 million people displaced due to the Boko Haram insurgency. The article proclaims: “Women escape Boko Haram only to find violence and sexual exploitation in Nigeria’s displacement camps.”
While this article is disturbing in its extremity, we should recall the unjust secondary role ascribed to women throughout the world, especially in all of the major world religions. By actively undermining the role and rights of women, male dominated institutions succeed only in depriving religious leadership from half the intelligence and wisdom of humanity.
It is certainly a crime against God who made us, male and female, in HER/HIS Image.
You can read the full IRIN report by clicking here: