Anglicans in Brazil are supporting communities in their campaign against gender-based violence.
The Church in Brazil, as part of their work through the Anglican Service for Diaconia and Development (SADD), are planning a booklet to help local churches promote women’s rights to overcome violence.
SADD accompanies and strengthens the work of the Church across the Dioceses of Brazil, and facilitates the capacity building process that is also central to the work of the Anglican Alliance. It is able to articulate these experiences at a national level, and bring together the work of Anglicans across the country.
With an aim to engage the Church in public policy, the campaign will encourage Anglicans to discuss their role in upholding the rights of women, and how they can strengthen their voice in the call for justice.
Church communities will be led to recognise violence as a violation of human rights, and the reality that this violence is a sin against God. They will be encouraged to look inwards as well as out at the wider community, and identify the potential for change in their own practice.
Acknowledging gender discrimination in our own lives is imp0rtant before we can begin to tackle it in our communities. There are ways in which we can all commit violence against women on a daily basis, even in the simple ‘forgetting’ that women bring significant value and strength to our communities and our decisions.
The campaign calls individuals to commit to Church-wide action and see the transformation of society as peace and equality is promoted.
2 Samuel 13, the story of Tamar, has been suggested as a key starting point for Bible study and discussion, to raise the issue of violence against women and encourage churches to consider potential solutions.
Relationships both within the church and in the wider community can be transformed by overcoming passive and physical violence against women, and encouraging roles based on equality and justice.