Connections with Mike Thom and Colleen Houde

Sexual violence leaves persecuted Christian women in ‘living death’, hidden and isolated

14:58 | Mar 6, 2020

Episodes Notes

Globally, the two most-reported persecutions used against Christian women and girls globally are sexual violence and forced marriage.

Both were identified by 84% of respondents from the top 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian, according to Open Doors’ annual World Watch List (2020), published in mid-January.

Open Doors International released its third Gender-Specific Religious Persecution (GSRP) report on February 24, 2020, with events in Toronto and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. This report studies global patterns of persecution experienced by Christian men and women across the 50 countries on the 2020 World Watch List and reinforces that persecution is gender-specific. Even when the situation is difficult for all members of a given Christian community, the situation of women is often worse because of their additional gender-based vulnerabilities.

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