What does the Bible teach?
God does not see you as a Jew or as a Greek. He does not see you as a servant or as a person free to work. He does not see you as a man or as a woman. You are all one in Christ. (Galatians 3:28)
What should we pray for?
For all men and women, girls and boys; that we all will learn to respect one another, to appreciate our difference and recognise how together we can enhance one another, witnessing to the beauty of gender.
For all victims of human trafficking, especially women and girls. That attitudes change, making it unacceptable to commodify women or men.
For the 15 million girls between the ages of 10-14 who have been married in the last decade, and pray that girls will be able to choose the time of their own marriage.
For equality for women at all levels; the ability to own and inherit property, the ability to contract, equal health care, equal pay, improved job security, and better representation in politics and economic leadership.
What can we do?
Attitude: Treat people with dignity and reflect on how they are made in God’s image.
Language: Words create truths. Try to use gender-inclusive language and communication in your everyday life.
Society: Question potentially sexist representations in public, such as in film, television and social media, and seek conversation in your personal environment.
Support: Support local initiatives that work to protect women and victims of human trafficking, or national ones like Solwodi or International Justice Mission.