Patheos:"Respect for Women Is a Common Bond in Three Different Faiths" - Islamic Relief USA

The Rev. Amy Gopp is the vice president for External Relations for IMA World Health, Deborah Rosenbloom is vice president of Programs & New Initiatives at Jewish Women International and Christina Tobias-Nahi is director of Public Affairs at Islamic Relief USA. All three organizations are members of the We Will Speak Out alliance to end sexual and gender-based violence.

We write for those unable to raise their own voices, and we write for ourselves. We write because our faith compels us to do so. We are Jewish, Christian, and Muslim, and we are women with a deep love for our country. We are leaders in faith-based non-profit organizations working for an end to poverty, suffering, and sexual and gender based violence, and for the safety, equity, and empowerment of girls and women. We are women who have been called to lift our voices on behalf of our sisters and brothers in the United States—especially at such a time as this, during this unforgettable presidential election season—and the world over.

Women and girls all over the world can feel it, even if they can’t put it into words. We feel it because we live it every day, in both subtle and extremely overt ways. The woman who wants more from life than she’s been granted, and the girl who continuously compares herself to impossible standards of beauty, share more than gender. They share a lack of respect.

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