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Are Women Human?

Attitudes that diminish the humanity of women and girls have been pervasive and difficult to change. They are largely what make it possible for the violence inflicted on women and girls to be coldly overlooked or lukewarmly condemned. If women and girls aren’t fully equal human beings, then violence against them is no big deal.  

Violence against women and girls includes those forms of abuse that most people think of as violent acts such as rape and physical or verbal abuse. It also includes female genital cutting and forced early marriage, which robs girls of their choices in life and relegates them to a life of poverty and servitude. This violence also includes gendercide through sex-selective abortions and the killing of newborn baby girls. 

 
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One day, a male friend put a drug in my soda. I passed out and woke up in his house the next day. Because I had no one and no facts to talk to the police, I went home. I continued school but found out I was pregnant. I was very sad because I had stopped my studies, was sick, and was pregnant from the rape. One of my teachers told me I should come to Homecare. I was surprised to see people loving each other and happy because I did not know people could genuinely love each other. My colleagues took care of me. Each day that passed, something was changing in me fore the better.
— PROGRAM PARTICIPANT AT HOMECARE
 

OUR WORK ENDING VIOLENCE

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NORTH AMERICA

The #MeToo movement has proven that women all over the world and from all kinds of backgrounds experience sexual violence. North American advocates raise awareness about the devastating  impacts of female genital cutting, forced early marriage, sexual and physical violence. They also raise funds for our international partners. 

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ARAB WORLD

AWEMA works with abused women in Egypt, Sudan and Jordan, with Iraqi refugee women in Syria and with Syrian refugee women in Lebanon. The program aims to improve the lives of abused women through spiritual and social development. 

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EASTERN EUROPE

Tirzah’s regional leader and her team work with many women who have faced violence. Her team helps get battered women into counseling and helps women escape from abusive situations. They are in the beginning stages of developing this needed ministry. 

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SOUTHERN AFRICA

Esmé Bowers, Tirzah’s regional leader in Southern Africa, trains key leaders in the nations throughout her region. Trainings focus on preparing women for leadership in both church and community. Esmé also teaches both men and women on gender issues that prevent women from stepping forward into leadership.

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ASIA

Tirzah’s leader and her team in this region have a network that impacts women who have suffered abuse, rape, forced prostitution and who are at risk of being sold across borders. The work is church-based and focuses on discipleship and building women up so that they can improve their lives and reach out to vulnerable women in their immediate communities.  

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KENYA

This program provides emotional, physical, spiritual and psychological support to women in the Kibera Slum who are living with HIV. During Homecare meetings, the staff addresses the violence many of the women have faced and connects the women with trained counselors who volunteer with Homecare.

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ETHIOPIA

 

 Many of the women and girls in the Entoto program have been exposed to various forms of gender-based violence. Beza Community Development  Association (BCDA)  training supports women and girls in the necessary skills to be free from violence by enhancing their decision making power through raising awareness, capacity building training and creating job opportunities.  


 
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100-140 MILLION GIRLS + WOMEN WORLDWIDE

ARE LIVING WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION.

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1 IN 3 WOMEN

WILL BE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED IN HER LIFETIME.


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