Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress. – James 1:27
Recently I have been researching and reflecting on the circumstances of women around the world. Here are some astonishing statistics from the Poverty is Sexist report from One.org to get you thinking:
- Only about 20% of poor rural girls in Africa complete primary education.
- In many countries women in paid work earn 10–30% less than men.
- 39,000 girls under the age of 18 become child brides every day.
- A woman in Sierra Leone is 183 times more likely to die giving birth than a woman in Switzerland.
Some of you might be thinking, “Okay sure, women are more deeply affected by poverty – but what has that got to do with persecuted Christian women?” Well – a lot! Continue reading