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Frocktober 2014: You can help prevent domestic violence!!!

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What is Frocktober?

Last year we ran a campaign called Frocktober on Facebook with the aim to raise awareness about domestic violence everyday throughout October with a selfie and the truth about domestic violence. Many of you were responsive to it & said you learned more about the truth of domestic violence. So we’re doing it again and we want to involve Christian and Muslim women. Each day of October 2014 we will post a different picture of a Christian or Muslim woman who wants to speak out about domestic violence with information about the myths & how to prevent it happening to you, your sisters & friends & colleagues. And where to go for help.

Why Frocktober?

Frocktober is not just about the dress, it’s about empowering women. Empowering each other to speak out about domestic violence. A devastating experience that 1 in 3 of us will experience in our lives.An experience that ends in death for at least 2 women a week! It’s about saying we will no longer be silent about the violence against women we hear about, we see and experience in our homes and communities.
When women all say together we stand against domestic violence, women of different ages, ethnic groups and faiths then we are stronger. Each one of us counts and together we are stronger. We are stronger because our voice is louder than the voice of one. The power of the group empowers the ones and twos.
The world today is full of violence, division, and separation but the holy grail of female empowerment is the idea that when women support each other, we’ll all become stronger and more liberated to make our way in the world.
Join us, share your voice and speak with us louder and stronger against domestic violence.

How to join the campaign?

Start by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Click & print this document all women
Step 2: Take a selfie whilst holding the piece of paper
Step 3: Email it to thedwellproject@gmail.com
Step 4: Like our Facebook page & follow us on Twitter to follow the campaign
NB: The pictures you send to us will be posted on facebook and twitter throughout October and be printed out as part of an exhibition which we will be running around the UK.
For more information get in touch with The Dwell Project at thedwellproject@gmail.com

 

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Today is World Voice Day: How are you using yours?

Do we know the power we hold in our voices? 

Many women speak out, use their voices powerfully for the causes they believe in. They speak of injustice done by those in authority and by those in power. Like Malala Yousafzai (who was shot by the Taliban for speaking about girls education)  those who speak out often do so at risk of their own lives, their own safety, their own peace of mind, sometimes sacrificing themselves, sometimes sacrificing relationships with family, for the sake of the cause.Going to a talk recently at the Women of the world festival entitled “Refusing to be silenced” made me more determined to speak about the injustice of domestic violence & its destruction of lives. It made me want to stand with the women I heard there, women like Reem Rashad & Mariam Suleiman, who speak so bravely about violence and injustice against women in Syria & Darfur. And it made me more determined to look to Jesus and ask the question what would he say to the church about violence against women in our homes? When I read about Jesus in the gospels I wonder why are we Christ followers not leading the stand, the protests, the marches against gender injustice? Why are we not speaking out, louder & stronger?
It’s certainly not that Jesus is silent on this subject! We just need to read the Magnificat, the beautiful words that say how much God believed in A YOUNG GIRL! We just need to look again at the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus’ concern for his mother when he was dying on the cross, the women at the tomb after the resurrection & we learn Jesus’ views of women & his faith in them.
How can we stay silent on gender injustice if we are the followers of Jesus? How can we ignore the injustices done against women & girls in our country, in our communities, in our work places & homes & stay silent! Women imprisoned because they came to the UK for refuge, women discriminated against in leadership at work & church, girls sexually harassed in schools, women abused & even killed in there homes!
How can we stay silent!
Do we know the power we hold in our voices!
We can make such a difference, lets begin to speak out! Shout out! Pray out!
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