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Women's Day 2013


Anglican Church of Southern Africa: Media Statement: 11 February 2013

Anglican Church of Southern Africa: Media Statement: 11 February 2013

‘365 Days of Non-Violence’ say Anglican Women, as Bishop Margaret Vertue visits Bredasdorp

‘Anglicans in Southern Africa have always strongly supported the 16 days of Activism Against Violence Against Women and Children, but last year we had already recognized that this was not enough’ said Ms Pumla Titus, President of the Anglican Women’s Fellowship (AWF). ‘Therefore, we and the Mothers’ Union, our Church’s other major women’s network, jointly called for 365 Days of Non-Violence.   Today we are repeating that call.’

Mrs Thembsie Mchunu, Mothers’ Union President, echoed the call, ‘The tragic rape and murder of Anene Booysen has put the spotlight on the unacceptable levels of gender violence which have become a daily reality. We must grasp this moment to take to heart all the commitments we make, so that our words become realities within our churches, our families, our communities, our nation.’

The Resolution (full text below) is a pledge to ensure that homes, churches and communities are ‘safe places’ for everyone. They also pledge to support programmes for sustained action across a range of initiatives, including breaking silence around abuse, helping the abused (including men), and promoting healthy communities and the wellness of women. In addition, as part of the International Anglican Women’s Network, Ms Titus will represent the Anglican Church of Southern Africa at the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, in New York in March. This year’s theme is ‘The elimination of all forms of violence on Women & Children’.

Meanwhile, the Rt Revd Margaret Vertue, Bishop of False Bay, led the Anglican service in Bredasdorp, which lies in her Diocese, on Sunday. ‘It is a community in pain’ she said subsequently, giving assurances of prayer for those closest to Anene, and calling for the media and others to give them space and privacy to grieve. The Diocese of False Bay has pursued a particularly active programme to promote gender equality in recent years. This includes major marches around the 16 Days of Activism over each of the past few years, with the Church Men’s Society and Bernard Mizeki Men’s Guild signing pledges of ‘Not in my name’.

At a national level, all Anglican men have been asked to do this same, as this week the Anglican Church heeds the call of Bishop Rubin Philip (see statement below) to make Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a time of reflecting on what we can each do, acknowledging that ‘every time we fail to act against gender based violence, we are complicit in its perpetration.’ Anglican churches are also being requested to light a candle in memory of Anene and all women who have suffered the violence of rape. Meanwhile, all the Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa signed up to the White Ribbon Campaign in 2011, and encouraged their congregations to follow suit. Alongside Bishop Rubin’s call to make these pledges tangible in local communities, he also called upon the government to formulate and implement a national strategy to help ‘end this moral sickness and recover our humanity’.


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