Violence against women is an extensive issue, affecting 1 in 3 women worldwide.
It is crucially important that we raise awareness of it and encourage Christians to take action. We also advocate for an end to violence against women, and lobby for change. Here are a few examples:
In the UK:
- We work with the media (both Christian and secular) – for example, you can listen to an interview we did on the Sunday Programme on Radio 4 here – it’s about 16 minutes and 30 seconds into the programme.
- We regularly attend Christian events across the UK, such as Greenbelt, Momentum, New Wine, The Gathering, People Without Limits and Big Church Day Out, to engage Christian men and women and church leaders with the issue of violence against women and what they can do to help end it.
- We organised a Faith Leaders Forum, hosted by Lord McColl at the House of Lords in London, where leaders of the UK’s main faiths made a commitment to do all they could to end violence against women. You can download the Declaration and our partner FaithAction’s recommendations document here.
- We lobby UK/EU government and the UN, engaging MPs around the issue of violence against women (VAW) and providing evidence for Parliament. We also provide written questions and briefings to the House of Lords via the Lords Spiritual on issues of VAW.
- We submitted a response via the Church of England on the UK governments consultation on the extension of domestic abuse definition in law; submitted evidence to the Joint Human Rights Committee call for evidence on ending violence against women
- We gave Oral Evidence (based on accepted written evidence) to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on ending violence against women.
- We organised a Faith Leaders Forum, hosted by Lord McColl at the House of Lords, where leaders of the UK’s main faiths made a commitment to do all they could to end violence against women. You can download the Declaration and our partner FaithAction’s recommendations document here.
- We were endorsed by the Archbishop of Canterbury who said, “I commend the work that Restored and its partners are doing, highlighting gender-based violence in our society, and seeking to tackle it through positive, practical measures.” (read his quote in full here).
- We work with Micah, a global network of over 700 Christian aid agencies, mission organisation, churches and individuals in 88 countries. In September 2014, Micah hosted a consultation in Zambia to explore and develop integrated solutions to gender based violence and human trafficking in Africa. Restored contributed and one of the outcomes was the development of the Livingstone Declaration, whereby faith leaders repent of anything they may have done to promote violence against women, and commit to speaking out against it and taking action to end it within their communities.
- Also with Micah, in September 2015 we lead workshops and gave talks on violence against women within the church at their global conference in Peru. Restored co-director Mandy Marshall developed and circulated a document on violence in churches which you can read here.
- We continue to recruit Christian charities involved with VAW to become members of the Restored Alliance. We have around 100 Alliance Members.
- In June 2014, Restored participated in the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence hosted by William Hague and Angelina Jolie. We had a display and, as an active member of the ‘We Will Speak Out Coalition’ we presided over a panel discussion with Archbishops and MPs.
- In February 2015, we ran a workshop on men and masculinities in the response to gender based violence at a faith event in February run jointly with the Foreign Office and the ‘We Will Speak Out Coalition’. We also attended a Lambeth Palace reception to meet key Christian leaders and discuss our work with churches.