Fortune argues that “Violence is a common, shared experience of women of every ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, ability and faith tradition” (Fortune, 141).
I chose this point because it tells the extent to which gender violence against women is experienced in the society today. The assertion shows that gender-based violence is extensive and that there is not a way that can be used to deny its existence. The phrase also shows that traditions in the society have placed men in all aspects as superior to men. Otherwise, violence could not be shared among all women in the community. The phrase also shows that it will take greater effort to deal with the issues that result from gender violence as it is deeply rooted in the community. Men believe that they are superior to women and the beliefs existing in society support their actions that keep devaluing women. The church has done less towards the attainment of gender equality, and this explains the reasons for the high rates of gender violence among the women from all aspects of life. Therefore, there is a need to have holistic programs that will promote healing and justice, which will, in turn, reduce cases of violence against women.
Gnanadason argues that “redemption will come only when there is a healing of relationships between the victim and the victimizer and not by an act of divine intervention that does not take into account the pain and suffering of the victim” (Gnanadason, 2012, p. 252). I choose this point because it recognizes that there is gender violence in the society and the same time offers a solution towards gender-based violence. It emphasizes that violence against women is sin and therefore should be condemned. First, gender-based violence leads to poor relationships between man and woman or rather than a victim and the victimizer. Such is usually due to the pain and the suffering that the victim experienced after being treated with violence by the victimizer. In this case, a relationship between the two is broken, and thus redemption is prevented for the two. Anything that prevents an individual from salvation is a sin. For this reason, there is need to have a healing relationship between the victim and the victimizer. The phrase makes it easier to explain the negativity of stereotype that women are inferior to men to men. Also, it helps men to understand the consequences of their action in causes pain and suffering to women.
Gnanadson argues that “the essential elements for the healing of wounds and for the restoration of broken social relationships are relearning how to live together in peace and mutual trust, reclaiming historical memory, and learning how to deal with the truth with justice, forgiveness and repentance” (Gnanadason, 2012, p. 252).
I chose this point because it gives hope to the brokenness that result from gender-based violence. Indeed, gender-based violence is intense in the society today. Women have been placed in a lower status and they are a target to gender violence cases. Yet men who are placed in superior positions are usually pardoned for their actions. There is a broken relationship that results from the two groups, which in turn prevents salvation. To revert the broken relationships, there is so much that can be done which includes developing mutual trust and reclaiming historical trust. All the mentioned tasks may be too difficult to achieve, but with support from the church, a healing process can be achieved.Tags: violence, women
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