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Glimmers of Light on International Women's Day

Glimmers of Light on International Women's Day Many women in the Global South live in darkness and desperation. Maternal Risk Educational Disparity Chad: The maternal mortality ratio is the highest South Asia: Men receive more schooling than women. 4.25 years for females/ for males in the world at 1,100 deaths per 100,000 live births. 6.2 years This rate is 69 times higher than for the developed world. Many of these deaths are preventable with basic maternal health care. Gender Selective Abortions China: There are 32 million more men than Legal Restrictions women under the age of 20. Demographers attribute this imbalance to gender selective abortions. This imbalance may lead to another round of oppression of women in the next generation as the surplus of unmarried men turn to prostitutes or import brides from poorer countries. Saudi Arabia: The male guardianship system means that all of a woman's activities (even permission to leave the house) are subject to male oversight. Rape victims can be charged India: Between 4 million-12 million with the crime of not being under the supervision of their guardian! girls were selectively aborted in the past 30 years. The Law of Moses Women have WHY CARE . played key roles in the spread of the gospel from the God created affirmed the value of women, especially widows and other poor Jesus affirmed and respected male and female (Gen 1:27) women New Testament times to today women Glimmers of light where Christians are making a difference for women Child Survival Program Economic Productivity Global South: compassion's Child Survival Program improves the health of mothers and children. Bangladesh: Operation Mobilization is just one organization that includes Only 3% of babies are premature in the program, compared sewing training centers as a means of offering economic opportunity and hope to women. to 12% in the developing world. The Child Survival Program works in India, Thailand, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Bolivia, Ecuador, Tanzania and Uganda. Rescuing Women South and Southeast Asia: Microfinance Christians are actively participating in combating human trafficking. 80% of the human trafficking victims are women and girls. Cambodia: In World Vision Microfinance, 80% of the beneficiaries are women. 311 girls and trafficked An average loan of $200 helps a borrower. women were rescued from sex trafficking start or expand a small business, in India, Cambodia and the Philippines in 2012 by International Justice Mission. which provides for basic livelihood for a family. WHAT TO DO Advocate Evangelize Support of Support of women's health Support of for the end men because educational economic of gender selective it transforms opportunities for girls opportunities for women their view initiatives abortions of women Valuing women honors Christ by recognizing the gender implications of redemption. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female- for all of you are one in Christ Jesus." Gal. 3:28 (NET) Sources: World Vision 2011 donor letter, KHMIIP- RASTR 190621, www.worldvision.org. Dudley L. Poston Jr., Eugenia Conde, Dr. Jayant K Banthia, The Lancet 2011. NBER Working Paper #15902, A New Data Set of Educational Attainment in the World, Barro and Lee, http://www.nber.org/ and Bethany DeSalvo, "China's Unbal- Trends in Maternal Mortality 1990 - 2010 WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and The World anced Sex Ratio at Birth, Millions of Bank, Table 4, p26. papers/w15902, Table 4, pp. 34-35. http://www.reuters.com/article/ Excess Bachelors and Societal Implica- 2013/11/12/us-arab-women- www.ijm.org Fact Sheet on Sex Traffick- ing. IJM annual report for 2012. tions," Vulnerable Children and Youth www.compassion.com/CSP, Compas- saudi-idUSBRE9ABOOB20131112. Studies 6, no. 4 (2011): 314-20. sion Donor report 12/13. www.OM.org. Brought to you by our sponsor: To find more infographics Searching to Serve: Recruiting Kingdom Workers Online www.gmi.org/searching-to-serve from GMI visit SEARCHING gmi TO SERVE www.missiographics.com Reens Kno WosRs OINE

Glimmers of Light on International Women's Day

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Women around the world are facing significant challenges. International Women's Day gives the world the chance to focus on women's issues and challenges. The good news is that there are amazing glimme...

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