Standing up for women's rights on Red Wednesday

On Wednesday 24th November, join Aid to the Church in Need for their annual Red Wednesday, a global event to highlight the ongoing plight of those facing religious persecution. Red Wednesday is marked every year by the Roman Catholic Church and is designed to draw attention to the physical and emotional harm of religious extremism. 

This year, Aid to the Church in Need are giving special focus to kidnap, forced marriage and conversion, rape and the sexual enslavement of women and girls. They have launched an online petition to the UK Government and the United Nations, calling for more effective steps to address the double jeopardy of females facing sexual violence and religious persecution. 

Aid to the Church in Need’s report Hear Her Cries: The kidnapping, forced conversion and sexual victimisation of Christian women and girls investigates the global problem of women being targeted for sexual violence because of their religious beliefs. This report will also act as a guide for all Red Wednesday events across the United Kingdom. 

The United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women also falls on Thursday 25th November – the day after Red Wednesday. According to ACN, in setting out the aims and objectives of the day, the UN fails to mention acts of violence being carried out against Christian women and women from other religions.

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