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Faith Community Must Shout for an End to Sexual Violence
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

Faith leaders and their communities have immense power to reach all levels of society and should take coordinated, concerted action to speak out forcefully against sexual violence. ...

We Can Help Stop Rape in the Military
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

Congressional leaders this week are considering the Military Justice Improvement Act, which change the way the military decides to prosecute rape cases. By official estimates, 2 ...

Answer the Call: Lifting Up Women & Girls
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:26pm | Type: Blog

In Christian TED talk fashion, 12 phenomenal speakers at Q Ideas shared their thoughts on what it means for women to live in response to God’s call. Christian women are a hot topi ...

White Men, Black Female Bodies, and Renisha McBride
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

I’d never heard of Renisha McBride until her death became a national news story a little more than two weeks ago. But in a way, I’ve known Renisha my whole life. Renisha’s story echoes the stories of black wom ...

A Prayer for Marissa Alexander
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Please stand with Marissa Alexander as she learns whether she will be released on bail to await her retrial. Jesus, please be with Marissa Alexander today. You know Marissa, t ...

Book Explores 'God's Radical Notion' of Feminism
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:36pm | Type: Blog

Jesus Feminist explores “God’s radical notion that women are people, too.” Blogger extraordinaire and self-described “happy-clappy Jesus lover” Sarah Bessey has just released her ...

Speak Out Sunday Helps Faith Communities Address Tough Issues
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:39pm | Type: Blog

Christian women are subject to sexual and gender-based violence — but when is the last time you heard about this issue in a church? At a routine doctor’s appointment recently, my ...

Women and Taboos: Leaning In, and Getting Frank About Faith, Sexuality and the Bible
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:40pm | Type: Blog

While Sheryl Sandberg's Leaning In focuses on issues such as long work hours, daycare, and more flexibility for working moms, the 40 women essayists in Talking Taboo look at faith, sexuality and biblical ...

Talking Taboo: The Christian ‘Lean In’?
Originally Posted: 11/07/2013 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

In recently released Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank about Faith, edited by Erin Lane and Enuma Okoro, 40 women under age 40 write essays in, what Femmevangelical’s blogger Rev. Jennifer Cru ...

Women Senators Prove Collaboration Is Better than Conflict
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

A group of female Senators came to the rescue in Washington last week, helping forge a bi-partisan compromise that ended the budget crisis. How did they do it? “We like each other,” Sen. Klobuchar told Time. “ ...

Scientific American Blog Editor Leaves Over Sexual Harassment Allegations
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Women are an important part of the science community, but there’s a group of powerful men who are gatekeepers, and some of them use this power as a tool to be overtly sexual with female bloggers looking to adv ...

U.N. Women's Ad Series Shows Sexism Through Google Searches
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

Gender inequality is an international issue. Striving to empower women and call attention to the sexism of popular opinions worldwide, U.N. Women released a series of ads using text from Google real searches. ...

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 ...

Jon Stewart to Malala Yousafzai: 'Can I Adopt You?'
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

Just as she left the world speechless when she addressed the United Nations in July, Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani advocate for women’s rights and access to education, rendered America's jes ...

Top 10 Most Dangerous States for Women
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

Considering a move? Think twice if you are female, single, and headed toward any of the states below. According to data recently released by the Violence Policy Center, these are the states that have the highe ...

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 ...

Shalom and Gender Justice
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

It is only after the fall of humanity — when we decided not to trust God’s ways, when we decided to grab at our own way to peace and gratification — that women were subjected to men. ...

Global Churches Alliance for Bangladesh Garment Workers
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Mary Priniski wrote in Sojourners about churches responding in solidarity with garment workers, now a global alliance has formed. Mary Priniski wrote in the August 2013  Sojourne ...

Arms Trade Treaty: Global Victory for Women and Girls
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

The U.N.'s new Arms Trade Treaty will for the first time link arms sales to the human rights records of the buyers. On April 2, the United Nations passed an innovative Arms T ...

More Than 100 Million Women Lead Migrant Workers Worldwide
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

If migrants worldwide were their own country, it would be the fifth most populous in the world today. More than 100 million are women. If migrants and refugees worldwide were thei ...

Are Women the Secret Weapon in Battle for Food Security?
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 4:28pm | Type: Blog

Empowering women at every level of society would dramatically reduce hunger and malnutrition, according to a top UN official On Monday, Olivier De Schutter, U.N. special rapporteu ...

Senate Passes Violence Against Women Act - Now To House
Originally Posted: 03/01/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

The bill now heads to the House where it is unclear how they plan to proceed. The Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act, picking up 16 additional Republican support and pas ...