Today is International Women’s Day, and World Renew is thrilled to join gender justice champions around the world by celebrating a few of the inspiring members of our team who advocate for gender justice every day.
Last week, in World Renew’s first ever International Women’s Day Award Ceremonies, Executive Directors Ida Kaastra Mutoigo and Carol Bremer Bennett highlighted the work of World Renew staff, regional teams, and partners who have brought fierce passion and significant impact to the cause of gender justice in the last year.
Since early 2020, COVID-19 has triggered an 80% uptick around the world in the reporting of gender-based violence. This crisis of abuse has not escaped World Renew’s notice, propelling staff to intensify their efforts in addressing root causes of domestic violence and catalyzing a giving campaign in partnership with UN Women and the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) for 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence. That campaign raised over $187,000 (USD)/ $236,000 (CAD) to fund gender justice programming in 16 different countries during 2021.
While the progress accomplished in these areas could not have occurred without the hard work and collaboration of all World Renew participants, donors, staff, and partners, we also want to take time today to recognize and thank God for the unique sacrifice, creativity, and faithfulness of the following award recipients: