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November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On 17 December 1999, the General Assembly adopted Resolution 54/134 on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

November 25, 2015 | Bern, Switzerland. | UN, Andreas Mazza, CD EUDNEWS.

The UN General Assembly,

Recalling the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, adopted by the General Assembly in its resolution 48/104 of 20 December 1993, and its resolution 52/86 of 12 December 1997 entitled 'Crime prevention and criminal justice measures to eliminate violence against women',

Recalling also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment [...]

1. Decides to designate 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women;

2. Invites, as appropriate, Governments, the relevant agencies, bodies, funds and programmes of the United Nations system, and other international organizations and non-governmental organizations, to organize on that day activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem of violence against women.

"We, the members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, speak up and join with others to bring an end to violence against women and girls.  Global statistics indicate that in all societies women and girls are more frequently the victims of violence.  Actions or threats likely to result in physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering are incompatible with biblical ethics and Christian morality.  Such actions include, but are not limited to, family violence, rape, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), honor killings, and dowry murders. Manipulation, denial of personal liberty, and coercion are also acts of abuse and violence. To such behaviors the Seventh-day Adventist Church says, "Let's end it now!"

Seventh-day Adventists recognize that creation in God's image bestows dignity and worth on every individual.  The measure of that worth is seen in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ to provide eternal life for everyone.  The love and compassion that characterized the earthly life of Jesus sets an example for all His followers in their relationship with others.   Christ-like behavior leaves no room for violence against family members or persons outside the family.

The Bible counsels Christians to view the body as the temple of God.  Bringing intentional harm to another person desecrates that which God honors and is therefore sinful behavior.  Seventh-day Adventists commit themselves to being leaders in breaking the cycle of violence perpetrated against women and girls.  We will speak out in defense of victims and survivors through teaching, preaching, Bible study, and advocacy programs.  

The Seventh day Adventist Church seeks and welcomes partnerships and collaboration with others in addressing this global issue.  The collective voice of many can save tens of thousands of women and girls from the harm and suffering that result from abuse and violence."

[This statement was approved and voted by the Executive Committee of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists  on June 23, 2010, and released at the General Conference Session in Atlanta, Georgia, June 24-July 3, 2010.]

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