The ‘double vulnerability’ of persecuted Christian women

Jan 22, 2020 by

from Christian Today:

Last year, the Bishop of Truro published a monumental review into the persecution of Christians. The findings were stark: anti-Christian persecution is spreading and increasing in severity to the point where in some regions it is coming close to meeting the UN definition of genocide.

While all persecution is an ordeal for those bearing it, Open Doors is trying to shine a light onto the “double vulnerability” of Christian women who are at risk of violence or harassment not only because of their faith, but because of their gender.

“Men are more likely to experience a ‘visible’ form of persecution – they are more likely to be killed, imprisoned or conscripted for their faith,” says Izzy Stark, from the Open Doors UK Advocacy team.

“Women, on the other hand, are more likely to experience persecution that is ‘hidden’ – they’re more likely to be kidnapped, experience sexual violence or be forced into a marriage.

“Therefore, we don’t often hear their story or know how insidious it is.”

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