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Creating a Port in a Storm of Domestic Violence
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

Getting faith-based communities to focus on domestic violence is a growing theme these days. I had a chance to play the role of Bad Pastor Phil last week. The occasion was a co ...

Malala Yousafzai and the Tradition of Islamic Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

Christians like myself must hear our Muslim brothers and sisters’ call for nonviolence as a result of their faith, not as a contradiction of their faith. Malala Yousafzai has capt ...

Reading Scripture Through the Shutdown: A Voice for the Silenced
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 6:47pm | Type: Blog

We serve a God who has put passion in the hearts of all of his children. If we silence even one of those voices we are missing out on a precious piece of God’s redemptive plan for this side of Eden. ...

Holy Angst: Holding Up a Mirror to Ourselves
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

That is the basic purpose of the study: to step back and see how we measure up as a faith-based sector with regard to the larger social goal of working toward gender parity within all of our organizations and ...

Abused Hindu Goddesses Recall Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 09/13/2013 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

A new public campaign in India uses powerful images of three Hindu goddesses with bruised faces to raise awareness about violence against women. A new public campaign in India use ...

How Long, O Lord?
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Let us not fool ourselves into thinking that sexual and gender-based violence happens only, or even primarily, in the developing world or transitional societies. While particularly graphic stories often bring ...

Combating a Culture of Exploitation
Originally Posted: 09/16/2013 - 6:12pm | Type: Blog

When we develop boys into good, godly men they won’t rape and abuse women. And when we raise good, godly women, they invest in the next generation of girls, are less susceptible to exploitation, and won’t infl ...

Miley Cyrus’ Contribution to Feminism
Originally Posted: 09/06/2013 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

Not that Miley Cyrus' dance was appropriate, but it tells us more about ourselves when we obsess about the shenanigans of the young woman than the borderline adulterous displays of a much older man. ...

Inspired By Malala: What Your Story Can Do
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Malala reminded us that the world is full of vitriol and violence, hate and ignorance — that this is true for people of all faiths, all backgrounds, all political parties. That there is no corner untouched by ...

How To Make Childbirth Safer (Not By Spending More Money)
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

The more inequality in a country's distribution of family income, the more mothers and babies die in childbirth. "American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World&quo ...

'From The Beginning:' Addressing the Roots of Sexual Violence in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 3:06pm | Type: Blog

What about the manipulative behavior that gives rise to the delusion of consent? Was my pastor's not-quite-a-proposition an act of sexual violence? Editor’s Note : ...

On Scripture: Women, Work, and the Word
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

A recent Pew poll revealed a significant shift in American families. Four in 10 of this country’s households now rely primarily on the income of women. This is both good news and bad. ...

Advice From an Afghan Mother and Activist: 'Resist These Dark Times'
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Unable to accept unjust suffering than she’d been half her life before, Fahima Vorgetts decided to make it her task to help alleviate the abysmal conditions faced by ordinary Afghans living at or below the pov ...

Breaking the Silence: The Growing Faith Movement to End Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

This is the beautiful side of breaking the silence. And as more advocates plant signposts in the church’s swamp of sexual violence, the muddiest waters are beginning to recede. ...

Bringing Fistula into the Light: International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Today marks the first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, recently designated so by the U.N. General Assembly. A world where fistula is as rare everywhere as it now is in the developed world is possibl ...

Power of a Personal Pronoun: 5 Suggestions for Gender Inclusivity
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

With such small words, I felt included. I felt like I belonged and maybe, just maybe, I too could do systematic theology. Maybe I didn’t need a dumbed-down version just because I was a woman. ...

Five Questions with Author of 'The Invisible Girls'
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

Sarah Thebarge is the author of The Invisible Girls, a new memoir from Jericho Books. I was fortunate to get a few minutes to ask her a few questions about her touching, funny, compelling new piece of work. ...

It's Time for Outrage: Sexual Violence and the Church
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 3:52pm | Type: Press

May 16, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Women, Voice, and Pentecost
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Repentance begins in the heart. So, I must ask: “Will I repent of my silence — my safe silence?” Yes. And a wild wind rushed down and tongues of fire rested on the heads of the ...

Disney Princesses, Merida's Makeover, and Empowering Girls
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

Maybe sexualized images are more marketable, but that is not the point — empowering our girls is. I’m pleased that Disney has reversed its decision to alter one of their best examples of an empowered girl. I h ...

It's Time for Outrage: Sexual Violence and the Church
Originally Posted: 05/16/2013 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

It's time for all people of faith to be outraged. It's time for our Christian leaders to stand up and say that women, made in the very image of God, deserve better. And it's time for us in the f ...

Ariel Castro: 'I Am a Sexual Predator. I Need Help.'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

We lie to ourselves if we imagine that our sin is no less ugly in the eyes of God than the worst imaginable. Is my, or your sin, really so different? Like everyone else I would gu ...

'Girl Rising:' Changing the World, One Story at a Time
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 8:48am | Type: Blog

Through the vivid accounts of nine girls from the developing world — Cambodia, Nepal, Peru, Afghanistan, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Haiti, and India — and their valiant struggles for the right to be educat ...

On Victoria's Secret: Speaking Up for Our Daughters
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 7:12am | Type: Blog

I believed that Victoria’s Secret was putting profits above girls’ self-esteem, self-pride, and self-worth. I wanted my voice to be heard even though I had no idea if they would even listen. I wanted to share ...

White House Council Calls for Action on Modern-day Slavery
Originally Posted: 04/11/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

With a 36-page report released Wednesday, the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships hopes to build awareness of the estimated 21 million people worldwide who are subjected t ...

Jimmy Carter vs. the Southern Baptist Convention: A Sea Change?
Originally Posted: 04/05/2013 - 5:02pm | Type: Press

April 5, 2013 The Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com ...

Jimmy Carter vs. the SBC/Driscoll/Victoria’s Secret: A Sea Change?
Originally Posted: 04/04/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

It’s easy, in the daily course of events, to forget how pervasive such judgments against the equality of women really are, especially as we have examples of powerful women in political office and business. But ...

On Scripture: How Long Does Darkness Last?
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

For the sake of the world, we should all be feminists. And given what we know about the role of independent, empowered women in the community of disciples, for the sake world, we might be “Christians.” ...

Bright Young Things?
Originally Posted: 03/26/2013 - 11:45am | Type: Blog

Victoria's Secret's new “Bright Young Things” line is a corporate declaration that young girls should be sexualized for profit. Like most women I know, I have struggl ...

Report: Delayed Marriage, More Unwed Births
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

First comes baby, then comes marriage? That is the new norm for many middle-class young Americans — and they and their children are paying a price, says a new report. First comes ...

Rape Culture: How Our Scorn for Self-Control Drowns Out ‘No’
Originally Posted: 03/20/2013 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

It’s easy to look at the now-infamous Steubenville case and see a Penn State writ small — a story of rape in the social-media age. What’s harder to see in Steubenville is ourselves. ...

Five Questions From the Steubenville Rape Case
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Two boys from a Steubenville Ohio high school (I’ve opted not to use their names, though they are readily publicized by other media) have been sentenced to time in a juvenile detention center for the rape of a ...

Top 4 Reasons Jesus Is My Favorite Feminist
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 11:58am | Type: Blog

Jesus is my favorite feminist. So, in the spirit of International Women’s Day, I offer you the top 4 ways Jesus included women as full members of his posse. Last Friday was Intern ...

International Women's Day: A Christian Response to Violence Against Women
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo face shockingly high rates of rape, including reports of mass rapes by soldiers, especially in the conflict-ridden province of Kivu. One Christian hospital, operated b ...

Film: I Was Worth 50 Sheep
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

The film I Was Worth 50 Sheep by Global Voices premiered on Sept. 2, but you have the opportunity to watch it online until April 28. The film I Was Worth 50 Sheep   by Glo ...

“One Woman” Song — UN International Women’s Day
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

Written for U.N. Women to celebrate International Women’s Day, “One Woman” is sung by acclaimed singers and musicians to celebrate the mission and work to improve women’s lives around the world. ...

President Obama Signs VAWA (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 03/08/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Obama signed a reauthorization of the 2013 VAWA act, saying, “All women deserve the right to live free from fear, that’s what today is about.” Yesterday, Pr ...

Did You Watch It? "Makers: Women Who Make America"
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 3:25pm | Type: Blog

Last night, PBS aired Makers: Women Who Make America a joint effort documentary by PBS and AOL, which chronicles the last 50 years of the women’s liberation movement in the United States. ...

LATEST ON VAWA: House Backing Down
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

Democrats expect that the House will finish debating the GOP version of the bill on Wednesday or Thursday and fail to get enough votes; then will vote and receive the necessary votes on the Senate-passed bill ...

Women To See Higher Prices For Long-Term Care Insurance
Originally Posted: 02/27/2013 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

Genworth Financial, the country’s largest long-term care insurer, has announced that starting this spring it will take gender into account when setting premiums on new policies. ...

House Introduces Own VAWA Bill
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

On Friday, House GOP leaders released their own Violence Against Women Act bill that strips protection for the LGBT community by removing all mention of sexual orientation and gender identity from the bill and ...

Negative Impact of the Sequester on Women and Families
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

According to a new state-by-state analysis released today by the Center for American Progress, if Congress fails to act by March 1, millions of women and children across the United States could lose the critical support and services they need.  ...

South Korea’s First Female President Sworn into Office
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:28pm | Type: Blog

History was made in South Korea today as the first female president, Park Geun-Hye, of the Saenuri Party was sworn into office. History was made in South Korea today as the fir ...

Personal Encounters Lead to Push for Women’s Advocacy
Originally Posted: 02/22/2013 - 5:40pm | Type: Blog

Melanne Verveer, the first U.S. ambassador for Global Women’s issues has been urging governments and leaders around the world on improving the lives of women. Melanne Verveer, th ...

Egyptian Women Speak Out Against Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

Violence against women at protests is at a chronic level due to security breakdowns and mass protests that are not policed. Violence against women at protests is at a chronic le ...

Increase in Border Enforcement Detrimental to Women and Children
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:20pm | Type: Blog

Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released its “Immigration Enforcement in the United States” report last month that reveals an increase in spending for the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) due to the ...

Afghan Women and Girls Victims Increases, UN Says
Originally Posted: 02/25/2013 - 5:19pm | Type: Blog

There has been a increase in the number of Afghan women and girls killed or injured in the last year while going about their daily lives. On Tuesday, the United Nations reported ...

Getting Children Out of Work and Into School
Originally Posted: 12/19/2012 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

Children! Forced slave labor, some of them as young as 8 years old, imprisoned, beaten, and required to make decorations intended celebrate the birth of the savior of the world. B ...

Gender Balancing Our World: What Can You Do?
Originally Posted: 12/18/2012 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

How strange it is that Christmas carols can make me want both to buy an iPhone 5 and a Mac Airbook and in the same moment want to save the world? I admit that I keep Santa’s Amazon elves very busy this time of ...

Activists Say Religion Key to Combating Female Genital Mutilation
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

Because of its severity and prevalence, female genital mutilation (FGM, or "cutting") is arguably one of the most important human rights issues in the world. It’s also become increasingly important i ...