16 Days of Activism
16 Days of Activism to end violence against women is an annual, international campaign that starts on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25th Nov), and runs until Human Rights Day (10th Dec).
Each day we’ll share one simple action to celebrate womankind and raise awareness about domestic abuse. You can follow along on social media, or see the actions below to join in.
Day 1: Read a survivor's story.
Let's start with the people at the heart of our work: survivors. Read one woman's story of finding hope on our blog.
Day 2: Declare the truth of who you are.
What makes up our identity? How many things do we believe about ourselves that are simply not true? Use the affirmations below to help you speak out against lies and declare the truth from the Bible. The truth that you matter, you have purpose, and you are loved.
Day 3: Share the statistics.
Our study revealed that 1 in 4 churchgoers had experienced abuse in a current relationship. Today's action: share the stats! Why not get creative? We have lots of resources to help you, including this brilliant infographic from our study 'In Churches Too'.
Day 4: Go on a prayer walk.
Join us in lifting up our Survivors' Network and the women currently in lockdown with an abuser. We pray for protection, practical help, and for hope of a safe future ahead.
Day 5: Celebrate the women in Bible.
The Bible is full of stories of women doing brave and bold things. Today we're highlighting two courageous women - two refugees - one of whom is mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus! Read our blog celebrating the journey of Naomi and Ruth.
Day 6: Watch a short video.
Since the pandemic, violence against women has intensified. The UN have called this the 'Shadow Pandemic' and explain in this 60 second video what we can do to help stop the spread.
Day 7: Share where to find help.
If you or a friend needed help, would you know where to go? Today's action is to repost some resources; they could be someone's lifeline.
Call the 24 hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free on 0808 2000 247. If you're in danger, call 999.
For local support, search the Women's Aid directory.
Day 8: Test your knowledge
We're half way through! How are you getting on? We all have things to learn, we're all on this journey of growth together. Take our quiz to discover what you already know about domestic abuse and uncover some staggering statistics...
Day 9: Check in with a friend
‘Anxiety weighs down the human heart, but a good word cheers it up.’ - Proverbs 12:25
A kind message can make all the difference, especially to someone who’s secretly struggling! Check in with a friend today. Let them know that they're loved and that you'll listen when they're ready to talk.
Day 10: Listen and reflect
It can be hard to imagine what it's like for someone experiencing abuse if we have not been through it ourselves. Listen to this radio play, 'Bottled', to gain an insight into a survivor's journey from the perspective of her teenage daughter.
Day 11: Give a friend a shout-out!
Let's celebrate the women in your life! Who are you grateful for? Send a quick message or give her a call to remind her that she's loved, valued, and doing a great job at being your friend.
Day 12: Hold a two-minute silence
On average, a woman is killed by a man every three days. That's two women a week, a figure which hasn't changed in 10 years. Today, we remember them.
Day 13: Celebrate inspiring women
Corrie ten Boom's faith in action helped save an estimated 800 Jewish people during World War Two. She took huge risks to oversee a network of Dutch safe houses, fuelled by prayer, and saw God answer in miraculous ways time and time again. She knew God’s closeness, even in the darkness of a concentration camp.
Who do you admire?
Day 14: Encourage a church leader
Our pastors have had a lot on their plate recently - church as we know it has changed! Thank your church leaders for the work they’re already doing to bring hope to our communities. Encourage them to keep on challenging the injustice of domestic abuse.
Day 15: Light up the darkness
There are many reasons to light a candle. It represents hope in our darkness, the warmth of God's presence, and the comfort of knowing he is always with us. Take a moment today to pray and remember those suffering in the cycle of abuse.
Day 16: Encourage a man to join in
We're ending 16 Days of Activism with a question that started Restored: 'Where are the men?' When it comes to ending violence against women, it can't just be women who have this on their hearts.
Let's thank our guy friends for the ways they already support and empower women. Encourage them to be the first to stand up to injustice, and to never tolerate abuse.
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