Women and girls in countries all over the world are celebrating International Women's Day on March 8. What are you doing to remember and advocate for the empowerment of women and girls?
Upon learning the tragic news in mid-January 2015 of the rape and murder of two young Kachin Baptist volunteer teachers in Myanmar, ABWM Executive Director Virginia Holmstrom wrote a letter of condolence and encouragement to the president of the Kachin Baptist Convention women’s department. Nearly 500 American Baptists added their signature to the letter. In February, ABWM’s coordinator of the Western Section, Gail Aita, also shared the letter
with the sister of one of the murdered victims when Gail visited a camp for internally displaced persons near Myitkyina, Myanmar. “It was quite moving and emotional for everyone,” said Gail.
Plan now to attend “Crisis at the Border,” Virtual Mission Encounte on March 2-6, 2015. The week will focus on the critical issue of unaccompanied children who have traveled from the Northern Triangle and Mexico to find new life in the United States. Each day has a theme exploring a particular facet of the issue.
When the month of February arrives we immediately think of Valentine’s Day, which is February 14th. It’s a day set aside to tell our loved ones just how much we care about them by giving them a special card, a box of chocolates, or a bouquet of flowers. Did you know that February is also “Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month?” The purpose is to inform teenagers about abusive relationships and how these relationships can affect their emotional and physical self.