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Posted in October 27th, 2017
by Jacinta Lithgow
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16days-prayers-acrathJoin ACRATH and the global community for 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.hands

“It is not possible to remain indifferent before the knowledge that human beings are bought and sold like goods!”
Pope Francis

Prayers,and a reflection service to use during the 16 Days Campaign. Please use these in your parish, school assembly or community gathering.

Prayers for 16 Days Campaign

Leader: Let us pray together that God’s justice and right will break forth in our time.

  1. We pray for the Christian Communities around the world, for the strength, fortitude and vision of all their leaders and members in addressing the issues of human trafficking.

Response: God of compassion, let justice and right break forth.

  1. We pray for world leaders that they will confront human trafficking in all its forms, by dedicating their time, energy and resources to eradicating it.

Response: God of compassion, let justice and right break forth.

  1. We pray for those in bonded labour, in agricultural fields, mines and factories who have been reduced to tools for production and commodities rather than human beings.

Response: God of compassion, let justice and right break forth.

  1. We pray for women who are estimated to make up 80% of human trafficking victims and for changes in societal attitudes that deny the equality and dignity of women.

Response: God of compassion, let justice and right break forth.

  1. We pray for the development of impoverished nations so that their peoples may know a decent standard of living, have meaningful opportunities for education and employment and thus escape the desperate circumstances that make people vulnerable to human trafficking.

Response: God of compassion, let justice and right break forth.

  1. We pray that the demand for trafficked people will reduce. May men and women grow in appreciation of the dignity of every human person so that we can live in a world where no-one is enslaved.

Response: Good of compassion, let justice and right break forth.

  1. We pray for all who have died as a result of their exploitation and slavery.

Response: God of compassion, let justice and right break forth.

Leader:

Awaken our hearts and deepen our commitment to work for a world where all people are free and able to live with dignity and freedom. We ask for conversion of heart for traffickers and for strong laws to protect victims. Give us wisdom and courage so that together we will find ways to ensure Your freedom is the gift for all people. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Source ACRATH (Prayers written by Claire Griffin csb based on US sisters’ reflection)

Anti-trafficking Reflection Service

This two-page anti-trafficking reflection services was prepared by Anne McPhee ibvm, based on a reflection by the late Carol Hogan sss. Click here for the flyer.

A Reflective Action for each of the 16 days

At the ACRATH office we will stop and light a candle each day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence from November 25th – December 10th 2017. We ask you to gather with those in your workplace, community, family or class and join us and light a candle and remember someone each day.
Nov 25:International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Women and girls who, in 2017, make up the majority of people who have been trafficked in our world.
Nov 26:Girls and young women facing the threat of a forced marriage
Nov 27:Women stripped of their rights and trafficked into abusive work situations
Nov 28:Women trafficked from Asia into sexual exploitation in Australia
Nov 29:Women choosing to purchase for themselves and their families clothing with a slavery-free supply chain from the cotton fields to the textile factory and the stores
Nov 30:Girls forced into labour from a young age and thus denied their right to education
Dec 1:Women exploited and forced to work in domestic servitude or in the agricultural and hospitality industries in Australia
Dec 2:Girls at risk of being trafficked after fleeing conflict or natural disasters in their countries
Dec 3:1st Sunday of Advent: "Be on your guard, stay awake." (Mk13:33)
Women and girls who advocate and uphold human rights and work to eradicate all forms of human trafficking
Dec 4:Women rebuilding their lives after being trafficked and deprived of their freedom
Dec 5:Young trafficked women willing to share their stories of exploitation and healing in order to offer hope to others
Dec 6:Women from ACRAT and other NGOs who offer companionship to survivors of trafficking
Dec 7:Young people advocating for the rights of children forced to work in the mining and textile industries or in the production of chocolate and cosmetics
Dec 8:Women leaders in politics, religion, civil society and healthcare working to eliminate all forms of human trafficking
Dec 9:Women and young girls who are victims of pornography production
Dec 10:Human Rights Day
2nd Sunday in Advent - "Prepare a way for the Lord." (Mk 1:2)
Women and men who educate others in their homes, schools and the wider community to bring an end to the violence of human trafficking

16 days Reflection Poster

 

 

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