Violence Against Women and Children

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BWA General Council Resolution 2006.2

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Mexico City, July 3-8, 2006:

Recognizes that women and children are victims of violence that include exploitation in the sex industry, which includes sexual trafficking, labor exploitation, domestic conflict, recruitment into military conflict, rape, many other forms of violence because of precarious and vulnerable situations.

Calls attention to:

The 1993 United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women that recognizes as acts of violence “physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family and in the general community including battering, sexual abuse of female children, dowry-related violence, marital rape, female genital mutilation and other traditional practices harmful to women, non-spousal violence and violence related to exploitation, sexual harassment and intimidation at work, in educational institutions and elsewhere, trafficking in women, forced prostitution, and violence perpetrated or condoned by the state.”

Deplores the violence against women and children and affirms that they are created in God’s image with the right to live free from violence and exploitation.

Covenants to:

• pray and work towards the end of the violence against women and children in the family, the church, and the community;

• seek methods of affirming the dignity of women and children;
• engage in creative ministries to victims which offer the healing love and compassion of Jesus.


Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2006 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2006.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2006 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2006), pp. 75-76.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2006.2 Violence Against Women and Children;

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