Day Fifteen - My Sister’s Keeper

Every time I think about 'land' that I am contending for, I recognise that it is not just about where my comfort will be, but where the causes and people groups near to my heart can best be served.

As a woman I believe the cause of the sisterhood everywhere will be dear to our hearts. Since the beginning of time, our womanhood and femininity has been ferociously and viciously opposed by the enemy of our souls. Sisters need sisters.

The ‘daughters of Z’ were standing on behalf of women who did not have the boldness or audacity to speak up for themselves. Some want to try and call these daughters feminists. It bothers me when people put every cause attached to women, as a feminist movement because I honestly believe that if women are given equal value and status of men then the whole world benefits (not just other women).

Half The Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn tells us that still today …

39,000 baby girls die annually in china because parents don’t give them the same medical care and attention that boys receive.

In India every two hours ‘bride burning’ (where girls are doused in petrol and burned alive) eliminates a wife so a man can justify remarrying. This happens every two hours of every day!

100 million women are missing and probably trafficked across the earth right now.

It appears that more girls have been killed in the last fifty years precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the battles of the twentieth century. More girls are killed in this routine ‘gendercide’ in any one decade than people were slaughtered in all the genocides of the twentieth century.

.. these girls are victims of what others have done to them.. and some of you today may resent being born girl for some reasons quite similar to this that have happened to you. There is so much pain, suffering and injustice in the world and it gives perspective to what it is we are believing for.