“Reports estimate that there are between 60,000,000 to 100,000,000 missing girls in the world today.” I heard this quote from Sheryl Wudunn, co-author of the book, Half the Sky. At our church, Newberg Friends, we have been talking about gender and its impact on our lives, as well as inequalities in our culture. We watched an abbreviated version of the documentary by the same book title. This quote caught me by surprise.
Where are these women and girls? The answers are many: they have been killed by gender-based violence and rape, they have been denied access to life-saving medicine, they have died of poverty-related issues, they have been selectively aborted, and they have died in childbirth for complications that access to modern medicine could have prevented. I can’t help but imagine what our world would be like if all of these strong women would have grown to adulthood. Would we have a cure for cancer? Maybe there would be less war in the world. Perhaps these women could have given birth to a great social movement, or mothered a child in need, or simply tended a flower garden enjoyed by a small community.
Let’s all think today of women in our lives who have made our walk a bit lighter, who have impacted our thinking, or maybe even introduced us to the intimate relationship with Jesus. This makes me want to do everything I can to make sure all women are born, grow to adulthood, and understand the unique God-imprint on their lives. Find more information at www.halftheskymovement.org.
Contributed by Cara Copeland, Newberg Friends