In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating March 8 as International Women's Day.

This year's theme is "Women and Men: United to End Violence against Women." The United Nations will focus on the UN Secretary-General's multi-year campaign, UNITE to End Violence against Women.

Fighting violence against women: what works

In countries around the world, a number of promising practices to prevent or respond to violence against women have been developed by states, NGOs, and civil society organizations. These include: enacting clear policies and laws; establishing strong enforcement mechanisms; hiring effective and well-trained personnel; and involving many parts of government and the community.

Fighting violence against women: what we can do

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." Proverbs 31: 8-9 (NIV)

  • Provide abuse education seminars
  • Support women's shelters
  • Offer seminars dealing with emotional healing
  • The 4th Sabbath of August each year on the church calendar is "Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day." Encourage the leadership of the church to make this Sabbath a priority.

"Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see."   Corrie Ten Boom

"Women are the real architects of society."  Harriet Beecher Stowe

"The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world."  Charles Malik, former President of the United Nations General Assembly

Prayer Corner

  • Women's Literacy Centers
  • Women in evangelism
  • Prison Ministries
  • Women who are facing war in their countries
  • GC Women's Ministries Awareness Week


  • March: Women's History Month
  • March 7: Women's International Day of Prayer
  • March 21: International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination