On Friday, March 3, millions of people worldwide will come together for an annual prayer event to tackle the growing issues of family violence, human trafficking, child abuse and other forms of injustice, through prayer.
This year the focus of World Day of Prayer will centre on the 7107 islands that make up the Philippines.
In this tropical nation of more than 100 million people — despite having a Constitution guaranteeing equal rights — many Filipino women are still treated as subordinates in the home, church and society.
Poverty, particularly in rural areas aggravates the vulnerability of women to violence and exploitation.
One in five females aged 15 to 49 have experienced physical violence.
There is also sexual, psychological and economic violence, as well as human trafficking.
There is legislation against all these issues, but little implementation.
Christian Churches in every community across Australia — and the world — will be banding together on or near Friday, March 3, to pray for the people of the Philippines, and you are invited to join us.
●More information and resources are available on our website at www.worlddayofprayeraustralia.org or contact your local Christian Church.
World Day of Prayer
Benalla Salvation Army, 10am.
Cooinda Village 1.15pm.
St Thomas Anglican Church, St James, 9.30am.
Swanpool Uniting Church 10.30am.