Restored advocates for survivors of domestic abuse and violence against women around the world and has special consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council. We host an alliance of Christian organisations working to end domestic abuse, and train churches internationally.
What we do:
- Lobby the UN, engaging leaders around the issue of violence against women and girls (VAWG), providing evidence and speaking.
- Work with a number of global Christian networks, including the Micah network, Side by Side and the WEA to raise awareness of violence against women (VAWG) and to inspire and equip the church to take a stand against it.
- Recruit Christian charities involved with VAWG to become members of the Restored Alliance. We have around 100 Alliance Members.
The Restored Alliance
Restored has built an alliance of Christian member organisations who are committed to ending violence against women and responding to domestic abuse through the church.
What we have achieved:
- 2014: We contributed to a global consultation hosted by the Micah Network in Zambia to explore and develop integrated solutions to gender-based violence and human trafficking in Africa. A key outcome was the development of the Livingstone Declaration, whereby faith leaders repent of anything they may have done to promote violence against women and commit to speaking out against it and taking action to end it within their communities.
- 2014: We participated in the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence hosted by William Hague and Angelina Jolie. We exhibited and, as an active member of the ‘We Will Speak Out Coalition’, presided over a panel discussion with Archbishops and MPs.
- 2015: We ran a workshop on men and masculinities in response to the gender-based violence at a faith event in February run jointly with the Foreign Office and the ‘We Will Speak Out Coalition’. We also attended a Lambeth Palace reception to meet key Christian leaders and discuss our work with churches.
- 2015: We led workshops and gave talks on violence against women within the church at the global Micah conference in Peru. Restored co-director Mandy Marshall developed and circulated a document on violence in churches.
- 2018: Mandy Marshall, Co-Founder, spoke on a panel at the UN Commission on the Status of Women about Domestic Abuse being in churches too and the need for faith to be included and integrated into the response to DA at all levels.