Christian women and girls in Nigeria are at risk of being abducted, forcibly converted and falling victim to sexual violence (© ACN/Jaco Klamer)

Aid to the Church in Need is launching a petition calling on the UK government and the United Nations (UN) to take action to tackle the epidemic of sexual violence against Christian women and girls.

The Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) petition highlights the threat Christian women and girls, and women of other religious minorities, face of abduction, rape and forced conversion.

Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director ACN (UK), said: “At Aid to the Church in Need we receive so many disturbing reports about sexual violence against Christian women, often involving forced conversions following abduction and rape."
The petition pre-empts the launch on #RedWednesday (24th November) of ACN’s report Hear Her Cries: The kidnapping, forced conversion and sexual victimisation of Christian women and girls, which investigates the global problem of women forced to convert, often under pain of death.

On, 25th November, the day after #RedWednesday, the United Nations marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and there has been criticism that UN statements promoting the day ignore the particular suffering endured by religious minority women and girls.

Urging people to back the #RedWednesday petition, Mr Kyrke-Smith said: “We believe that the international community fails to understand how religious belief acts as a motivator for egregious sexual abuse against women of the ‘wrong’ faith.

“We have launched this petition to call on the UK government and the UN to do much more to stamp this out. All of us must hear the cries of these suffering women.”

Read more here.

This year our special focus is on the kidnap, forced marriage and conversion, rape and sexual enslavement of Christian women and girls.
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