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December 1 is World AIDS Day. Here are ways to plan observances for the day
Study Becoming an HIV and AIDS Competent Church: Prophetic Witness and Compassionate Action - a report and study guide
Order The Changing Face of HIV/AIDS - a free video
Find ideas for World AIDS Day from the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
Get Wrapped! (learn about the Wrap Project)
Check out other resources from the PC(USA) International AIDS Ministries
Learn more at UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
World AIDS Day, December 1, is the one day of the year when individuals, churches and organizations from around world come together to remember that all our lives are touched by AIDS, especially those living with HIV and AIDS. It is the one day in the year where issues surrounding HIV and AIDS can take center stage.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) encourages congregations to make the most of World AIDS Day by engaging in some form of worship, event or advocacy focused on HIV and AIDS.
What will you do?
by Paul Olson
Violence against girls in schools reduces the number of girls in school. Why is this important? Poverty, sickness, and sustainable development depends on education first.
The Global Education First Initiative reports that if we educated our girls…
· 12 million children would be saved from stunted growth.
· 64% fewer early marriages
· 59% fewer early pregnancies
· 10% increase in wage earnings for every 1 year of schooling
· 49% fewer child deaths if all women completed secondary school
· 66% decrease in maternal mortality if all women completed primary education
Spokesperson for girls’ education and Nobel peace prize winner, Malala Yousafza ...
by Paul Olson
While it is difficult to define the scale and scope of School Related Gender Based Violence (SRGBV), it is estimated that 246 million students experience SRGBV each year. Sexual violence against girls is extremely common and occurs while traveling to and from school, in the latrines, and during unsupervised play and results in:
- low self-esteem
- school avoidance
- low participation in class
- inability to concentrate on work
- drop out
Even more striking is the level of violence toward disabled girls aged 11-14 years. In Uganda, 24 percent of girls living with a disability reported experiencing sexual violence ...
by Robert Arrington
appy Thanksgiving! As we collectively give thanks to God and our families around the dinner table, let us take a moment to reflect on the many ways in which our lives have been positively impacted by others. Thanksgiving is an expression of our gratitude for the gifts others have given us, gifts that have been freely given based on no merit of our own. In this reflection, we begin to realize the utter dependence we have on others who have done so much for us. Looking around the world in the wake of recent tragedies, we also ...
by Robert Arrington
Orange the World! Welcome to the first post of a daily series of sixteen that will be following the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign from November 25 through December 10. This year marks the 24th year of the campaign, coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. 2015’s theme is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!”
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites us to “Orange the world: End violence against women and girls” during this ...