Pray for women and girls
In many countries, women and girls are extremely vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, and are not treated with the same respect as men. World Vision’s Hope Prayer Team invites us to join together and pray that women and girls everywhere may live the abundant life God intends for them.
“Women and girls work nearly two-thirds of the world’s working hours and produce half the planet’s food. But they earn only 10 percent of the world’s income and own just 1 percent of property. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s 796 million illiterate adults are women.
Rich Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., discusses this in his book, The Hole in Our Gospel. “In my opinion, the single most significant thing that can be done to cure extreme poverty is this: Protect, educate, and nurture girls and women and provide them with equal rights and opportunities — educationally, economically, and socially,” he writes…
Pray for the safety of unborn and infant girls
The dangers girls face begin before they are even born. In some cultures, a preference for sons puts pressure on women to terminate pregnancies if the unborn child is a girl. Those who do survive until birth may be neglected, abandoned, or even killed. Seen as less valuable than boys, girls are less likely to be sent to school and may be the last to receive food or medical care…”