16 Days of Action

From 25 November to 10 December 2011, I turned over Goannatree to guest posts exploring many different perspectives of the issue of violence against women domestically and internationally, and posts which explored violence within the church and within the broader community.

In one sense this is about raising awareness of the issue of violence against women (#VAW) by using the voices that we have as writers, poets, bloggers, and scholars, to share stories, facts, to discuss, to reflect, to inspire.

This is not an original idea, but is part of something much broader.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates November 25- International Day Against Violence Against Women– and December 10- International Human Rights Dayin order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights.

The 2011 theme slogan is:

From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World.

Many of the guest posts responded to this theme. This page links to all the posts in the series so far and to the websites of the authors, if they have one.

16 Days of Action – Introduction to the series (Anna Blanch)

The Journey to RestoredMandy Marshall www.restoredrelationships.org and on Twitter: @Rest0red

When you don’t knowAmy blogs at Ordinarily Extraordinary and you can find her on twitter as @amykiane.

The thin end of the wedgeRichard Littledale blogs at Preacher’s A-Z. You can also connect with him on Twitter.

Forsaken!Hayley Matthews

Leymah Gbowee: Mothers are the key to PeaceJordan Williams

Strong Words  – Tamara Lunardo writes at Tamara Out Loud and A Deeper Story. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Number 100 Million and OneLL Barkat. LL’s writing appears in many different places. You can most often find her on TheHighCalling.org and  The Curator.

A Dark FantasyAnna Drew. Contact Anna on twitter.

Yemeni Women’s Fight for Gender EqualityKristina Edwards.

Sweeping it under the carpet – Hannah Mudge. Hannah blogs at We Mixed Our Drinks, as well as contributing to other sites. She can be followed on Twitter as @boudledidge.

A common fable goes like thisStephanie Vander Lugt.

A Respected ChangeCory Copeland. Cory blogs at www.MadtoLove.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

On Liturgy and Women: Part 1Rachel Mann

On Liturgy and Women: Part 2Rachel Mann

It all begins with WordsDianna Anderson. She blogs at http://diannaeanderson.net.

I wasn’t there for herJoy Bennett. She blogs at Joy in this Journey.

Elbow RoomKatie Mulligan. She blogs at InsideOuted.

Violence in a Beautiful PlaceSarah Flashing. You can connect with her on Twitter!

This is Jana’s Story – For more information about how you can help – see http://JanasStory.org

Casting Stones – Preston Yancey. Preston blogs at seeprestonblog.com


So will you join with us? will you share your story? will you stand up and say that violence against women is not acceptable?