End violence against women
A Message from Dr. William F. Vendley
Secretary General, Religions for Peace
Violence against women is wrong. We know—each according to her or his respective religious tradition—that the true dignity of every woman is a “gift from God.” This gift of dignity is inviolable. It is not given by cultures, states, societies, communities or individuals. It cannot be taken away by them. But this dignity—which is the true beauty of being a person—must be actively respected, protected and honored.
Violence against women is prevalent. Individuals engage in violence against women, but there are also cultural and social patterns that reinforce or appear to justify individuals’ acts of violence. Some have interpreted their religious traditions as supporting these patterns of violence. Honesty calls us to acknowledge that this is wrong. Violence against woman is a direct assault on the positive vision of peace that is central to each of our respective religious traditions. As religious believers committed to cooperating for peace, we need to work together to uphold the inviolable dignity of women and girls by defending them from violence.
Religions for Peace is grateful for and proud of the leadership of women of faith in facing this challenge. However, it is one to be shouldered by all religious believers—men and women. Through the power of multi-religious collaboration, religious leaders and believers can work together to uphold the dignity of every human person.
Religions for Peace is launching a multi-year initiative: Restoring Dignity—End Violence Against Women. I personally invite you to join in supporting this important initiative.
Kindly anticipate that Ms. Jacqueline Ogega, Director of the Women's Mobilization Program, will be contacting you with specific details in the future.
With appreciation for your leadership and partnership in this important work,
I remain sincerely yours,
Dr. William F. Vendley