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Posted in October 3rd, 2016
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 2016. 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:The 3 women murdered on 25 Nov 1960 in the Dominican Republic and all other women who work to eradicate violence
Nov 26:Girls facing the threat of a forced marriage
Nov 27:Women and girls injured and killed at the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza textile factories in Bangladesh manufacturing clothing for export
Nov 28:Women trafficked into sexual exploitation in Australia
Nov 29:Women choosing to purchase clothing with a slavery-free supply chain from the cotton fields to the textile factory and store
Nov 30:Girls forced into labour from a young age who cannot go to school
Dec 1:Women, exploited and forced to work in domestic servitude, and in the agricultural and hospitality industries in Australia
Dec 2:Girls at risk of being trafficked after disasters in their countries
Dec 3:Girls who are the victims of pornography production
Dec 4:Women rebuilding their lives after being trafficked
Dec 5:Young women, trafficked from Cebu and elsewhere, willing to share their stories of exploitation and healing
Dec 6:Women, especially ACRATH members, who accompany women who have been trafficked
Dec 7:Young women in South Australia who advocate for the rights of children in West Africa forced to pick cocoa used in chocolate production
Dec 8:Women leaders in politics, religion and civil society working to eliminate all forms of human trafficking
Dec 9:Women who educate others to work for a slavery-free world and an end to violence
Dec 10:Women and men working to uphold human rights and eradicate human trafficking

Click here  to download a printable PDF of this reflection. 

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