The Women's Task Force hosted several events at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women last week, including a panel of women representing diverse religious perspectives exploring the topic "Religion, Culture and Violence against Women". Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune from the FaithTrust Institute, encourages us all to sign this National Declaration by Religious and Spiritual Leaders to Address Violence Against Women :
We proclaim with one voice as national spiritual and religious leaders
that violence against women exists in all communities, including our own,
and is morally, spiritually and universally intolerable.
We acknowledge that our sacred texts, traditions and values have
too often been misused to perpetuate and condone abuse.
We commit ourselves to working toward the day when all women
will be safe and abuse will be no more.
We draw upon our healing texts and practices to help
make our families and societies whole.
Our religious and spiritual traditions compel us to work
for justice and the eradication of violence against women.
We call upon people of all religious and spiritual traditions to join us.
Go to http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org/take-action/declaration to sign the declaration and pledge your support for this important cause.