Persecuted, Abused, Displaced: The Christian Women Who Somehow Still Stand Strong
Kristen Lundquist, the programme director for The Center for Women, Faith & Leadership at the Institute for Global Engagement, writes on this current traumatic issue on the persecuted, abused, and displaced Christian women who somehow still stand strong.
“For us to find pathways to peace and resiliency, we have to acknowledge how individual beliefs and faith communities shape identity. This is especially true for people living in the aftermath of trauma. It’s not a small population; across the globe, women in particular find themselves subjected to systemic violence and abuse: “honor” killings, rape as a weapon of war, domestic violence, kidnappings, female genital mutilation, and trafficking. According to the World Health Organization, nearly a third of all women experience such violence. Faith plays a crucial role for victims: It either sustains them through the suffering or, sadly, leaves them cut off from their community because of stigma.”
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