#70: Mandy Marshall – Ending Violence Against Women in Church and Society – Podcast
Mandy Marshall - Ending Violence Against Women in Church and Society
Mandy Marshall and Graham Hill discuss ending violence against women in church and society. The GlobalChurch Project, podcast episode #70.
About Mandy Marshall
Mandy was, until June 2012, Tearfund’s Programme Development Advisor for Gender. She combined her role at Tearfund alongside Co-Directing Restored for over two years. Mandy has travelled extensively over the last 20 years and has run gender & gender-based violence training across Africa, Latin America, Central Asia, Russia, SE Asia and the UK.
In 2011 Mandy won the Deloitte ‘Women Who Rock’ award for her work on gender equality and ending gender based violence.
Mandy has previously lived and worked in India and has internationally published articles and case studies. These include the pioneering ‘Gender, HIV and the Church’ case study from work in Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso which saw relationships transformed; Oxfam’s Gender & Development Journal; Woman Alive; Liberti; Echoes of Service; Tearfund’s Footsteps Magazine & Prayer diary. These sit alongside numerous blogs.
Mandy is passionate about seeing the church rise up to take action on ending violence against women and being a positive example to the world on healthy relationships. She encourages every individual to realise their full potential in life. Restored is the channel of that passion and energy. She originally comes from Southport, UK. In her spare time Mandy plays hockey for her local club, Richmond and volunteered as a Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympics. Mandy attends St Stephen’s Church in Twickenham.
About Restored: Restored is an international Christian alliance working to transform relationships and end violence against women.
1 in 3 women are abused during their lifetime. (More about the facts here)
Too often, violence against women (VAW) is seen as a women’s issue. We believe it’s a human issue. But where is the church, and where are the men when it comes to ending it?
There are 2.2 billion Christians in the world. The church has enormous influence – in some countries, it runs not just parishes but the education and health services as well, and may have better geographic coverage than state structures (and that goes for the UK too!). It also has a long history of being at the forefront of positive social changes. And it has the potential to be a major catalyst in helping to end violence against women.
But whilst various Christian organisations are involved in responding to VAW, the church and the men within it are doing little to prevent it. Church leaders are not speaking out and challenging the attitudes and behaviours that promote violence against women. And Scripture on marriage and relationships is often misinterpreted and used to justify abuse. (Read more about what the Bible has to say on violence against women here).
Restored was co-founded in 2010 by Mandy Marshall and Peter Grant (formerly of Tearfund), and we work in the UK and internationally. The issue is massive so, where possible, Restored works with partners rather than running projects ourselves. That’s why Mandy and Peter founded, and lead, the world’s largest Christian alliance to end domestic abuse (Tearfund, Livability, CAFOD and Mother’s Union are among our members – find out more here).
- Restored campaign to raise awareness amongst Christians of the issue of violence against women and we advocate for change
- Restored mobilise and equip churches, Christian organisations and individuals to act against violence against women
- Restored develop new initiatives to meet specific needs that are not being met by other organisations
See Restored’s website – http://www.restoredrelationships.org/about-us/