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Sabbath 22 is ENDITNOW® emphasis day

Sabbath 22 is ENDITNOW® emphasis day

enditnow is the most important stand the Seventh-day Adventist Church has ever taken regarding violence against men, women and children.

August 19, 2020 | Bern, Switzerland. | EUDnews.

Bern, Switzerland. [EUDnews]. enditnow® is a global initiative of the Seventh-day Adventist Church geared towards raising awareness and advocating for the end of domestic violence.
Generally, the fourth Sabbath of August, every year, is a enditnow® emphasis day, for this specific purpose. This year, it falls on August 22. 


This initiative, which extends to more than 200 countries and territories, was launched in October 2009 in partnership between the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)—a prominent humanitarian organization—and Women's Ministries, two entities that are representative of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.



enditnow® is the most important stand the Adventist Church has ever taken regarding violence against men, women, and children. Through this campaign, Adventist church members are encouraged to join a global movement that will be mobilized within their own communities, where each member is invited to actively work at creating awareness and sharing solutions on ways to end this global problem.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence—also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, dating abuse, and intimate partner violence—is a pattern of behaviour that involves abuse by one partner against another in an intimate relationship such as marriage, cohabitation, dating, or within a family. It is experienced by women, men, and children. Its purpose is for one individual to maintain power and control over the other(s).
Every day, unfortunately, brings reports of episodes of domestic violence that have, too often, ended in tragedy.

Some facts

It is estimated that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner (not including sexual harassment) at some point in their lives.
However, some national studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. Evidence shows that women who have experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence report higher rates of depression, having an abortion, and contracting HIV, compared to women who have not, as declared by World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research.

Religion is NOT a deterrent. There is just as much abuse (spousal, child, and sexual abuse) in Christian homes as in non-Christian homes.
“In recent years, the issue of domestic abuse and violence has gained a lot of attention as the extent of it has become known. Domestic abuse and violence is now of [great] concern to most churches because it is evident that domestic abuse figures are much the same in our churches, and possibly higher in evangelical churches where the headship of men and the submission of women is made the God-given ideal”, affirmed Kevin Giles, author of The Headship of Men and the Abuse of Women.

Call to action
Although this problem also exists within the Adventist Church, Adventists affirm the dignity and worth of each human being and decry all forms of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. They also call for action now!


enditnow® builds on the Adventist Church's long tradition of responding to the needs of all human beings, namely to stand up in favour of human rights, tolerance, the well-being of children, freedom of expression and conscience, and the protection and integrity of families. It is a call to action for all Adventists and supporters to stand up and put into practice those principles we hold true.

All of Jesus’ teachings revolve around ministering to others—particularly, the impoverished, the hostages, the physically disabled, and the victims of oppression. And because the Spirit was upon Jesus, he wasn’t just speaking platitudes or offering vain hope, he was empowered to act and to rescue people from dire circumstances. Jesus’ approach is an invitation for all Christians who are sensitive to the respect of human dignity.

Dagmar Dorn, Women’s Ministry director at the Inter-European Region Division of Seventh-day Adventists, affirms the importance of the initiative. “The more we know about the topic, the better we can act and react. GOD is against violence and so should we. My wish is that our churches can become safe places, where healing can happen. For that reason, we have to talk about it and take a stand. We, as a church, are greatly concerned about health, which is good, but we are also called to apply our perspective to deal, in a biblical way, with the huge problem of violence and do all we can to end it now."

See the message of Dagmar Dorn here.

“Whether at home, on the streets or during war, violence against women and girls is a human rights violation of pandemic proportions that takes place in public and private spaces”. UN Women – End violence against women and girl.

Download the resources to animate the programme for next Sabbath August 22 here (scroll until Enditnow Day 2020)
To know more about enditnow® see here.


 

 

 

 

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