Father, we pray for justice for the poor, uneducated and lower-caste people in Nepal. In cases of violence, they often lack a voice, the ability to afford an attorney and a fair government trial. (Psalm 72:4)
Lord, give mothers an attentive and protective spirit and courage to speak out when they learn that their daughters are being raped and violated by relatives and friends. (Psalm 12:7)
Father, would you give your daughters in Uruguay great discernment about choosing husbands who will love and protect them instead of beating or killing them. (Ephesians 5:28)
In France, a woman dies every three days at the hands of her partner. The government televises an SOS number to call, but often the partner is only given a warning. May women be taken seriously when they contact someone for help before it is too late.
Lord, we ask that governments will step up the fight against gender-based violence in African countries where domestic violence occurs in the intimacy of the family circle. The law will not often interfere in this private area.
Father, we thank you that a high-profile rape case in China has sparked national outrage, leading to calls for change in a legal system that does not prosecute high-ranking individuals. May perpetrators be convicted, and may social stigma cast on victims be eliminated. (Proverbs 24:24-25)
Father, our hearts cry out for women and children suffering from abuse, living with the risk of losing their lives. They often do not seek help, because they see no place to where they can escape. (Psalm 69:29)
Father, we pray for the women of Côte d'Ivoire who are experiencing domestic violence. May there be dramatic improvements in the administrative and legal systems to ensure support to those in need. (Psalm 7:9)
Lord, we pray for the healing and protection of the 1 in 4 Bulgarian women who suffer violence. We pray for the financing of crisis centers that help women and children escape this abuse. (Psalm 72:14)
We praise you, Lord, that perpetrators are being arrested in Indonesia when girls report being raped by their relatives. May this give courage for girls and women to report these crimes. (Psalm 32:7)
You, oh Lord, are the faithful one! You have kept your promises to protect, guide and inspire our team members as they minister to women in Romanian prisons. (Psalm 117:2)
Father, we know that children who grow up with domestic violence are more likely to become adult abusers. We pray that parents would love their children and discipline them in a godly manner. (Psalm 34:11)
We praise you as the one who has defeated death. You are the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in you will live forever, even though they die. (John 11:25)
Lord, we pray for change within the cultures of Tanzania that still practice female genital mutilation. Bring encouragement to those pioneers who work tirelessly to end this practice.
We praise you, God, that FGM is illegal in Finland and that only 0.2% of high school girls report this being done to them. Pray that the ethnic groups that still practice it would stop.