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YWCA/YMCA Week of Prayer and World Fellowship 2012

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YWCA/YMCA Week of Prayer and World Fellowship 2012

The YWCA/YMCA Week of Prayer is a tradition dating back to 1904. Each year in the month of November, the YWCA and YMCA movements issue a joint call for prayer. The theme for this year’s Week of Prayer is “Violence will not have the last word - Working for change that respects rights and dignity”, and it will take place from November 11 to 17.

Keeping in line with the World YWCA Strategic Framework (2012-2015), the Week of Prayer Booklet invites us to re-examine our attitudes towards violence and where and how it occurs. Once violence happens, it is likely to be repeated. The real problem lies in the fact that too often violence is considered and accepted to be a private matter and not a criminal offence. Culture and traditions have been consciously or unconsciously manipulated to become tools of aggression that support abuse of power. Today, acts of violence as described in the daily reflections of this booklet are justified by men, and sometimes women, under the auspices of "traditional practice".

This year’s Week of Prayer booklet presents a rich variety of perspectives from all over the world, which emphasise the interconnection between various forms of violence and peace with justice; sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV; harmful traditional practices; climate change and women’s rights; family violence; and prevention of violence against vulnerable groups. Throughout the week let the scriptures guide us in committing ourselves to offer the gift of peace. It is up to us to make a change. Let us build a culture of peace, recognising that peace begins with ME.

The YWCA/YMCA Week of Prayer booklet is available in English, Spanish, and French. If you wish to order the booklet please complete and return the

Below you can download the PDF version of the Week of Prayer 2012 in English, Spanish and French:

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