Conflict

In areas of heavy conflict, women frequently bear the largest burden of instability, violence, famine, and more. Being seen as the weaker and inferior gender in certain cultures and religions, women and girls can be in great danger in conflict areas. They easily become victims of physical assault, robberies, sexual assault, and murder. The vulnerability of women is targeted in these types of situations where they, as the primary caretakers of the home, bear the brunt of the burdens this places on a family.

According to the United Nations, conflict…

  • Spurs higher rates of sexual violence as rape is often used as a weapon. Militant mass rapes often occur, leaving women afraid to leave their homes in war zones. 
  • Makes women seriously vulnerable to poverty, job loss, destruction of assets and homes, and destroyed health services.
  • Forces girls out of school.
  • Increases vulnerability to exploitation, trafficking and maternal mortality.
  • Causes pre-existing divisions of gender roles to worsen, which more deeply impacts females.

Organization: Preemptive Love Coalition

Preemptive Love Coalition is a global movement of peacemakers committed to unmaking violence by confronting fear with acts of love. They provide food, water, shelter, and medical care for families on the frontlines of conflict in places like Aleppo, Douma, and Sinjar. They go to places that are dangerous, oppressed, or forgotten, bringing hope where no one else will go. They are first in and last to leave.

In addition to providing essential relief for those devastated by war and victimized by ISIS, they provide education for at-risk children and business empowerment grants, returning agency to refugee families to rebuild their nations and flourish. They also help women refugees and war survivors start business and sell many of the products through their website. Their work is based on relationship, living alongside the people they serve, building trust across cultural, religious, and ethnic divides. With ten plus years of continued presence in the Middle East, they have built lasting, meaningful relationships, allowing a deep understanding of the needs in each local environment.

Become part of their work or read more stories where fear doesn’t get the last word, you do: www.preemptivelove.org

Organization: Exile International

Exile International works with child soldiers to rehabilitate and empower them to become partners and leaders for peace by “restoring rescued child soldiers and children orphaned by war to become leaders for peace through art therapy, and holistic rehabilitative care.” See and support their work at www.exileinternational.org

Book: The Colour of Grace by Bethany Haley Williams Ph.D.

“The Color of Grace shares my own journey through depression, trauma and disappointment and how God used my healing process to lead me into the lives of rescued child soldiers and children orphaned by war. It was by meeting these children, and my eyes being opened to the evil they had experienced, that my spiritual journey was turned upside down.”