Day #30

Iran is a nation of 34 million women who face discrimination simply because they are female.

-Iran has one of the highest records of runaway girls and women worldwide, an estimated 300,000. Most of them are raped within the first 24 hours of their departure.

-Sleeping with a 9- year old is legitimized by religion as a legal marriage. Battering women is dignified by reference to verses in the Koran.

- In 9 months of 2005, 150 Kurdish women committed suicide, the majority by setting themselves on fire. Domestic violence, social injustice, and discrimination are cited as the main reasons.

-In 2005, a 16 year old girl was hung publicly and a 13 year old girl was sentenced to be stoned to death. 6 more are on death row.

-There has been a 635% increase in the number of teenage girls in prostitution. About 84,000 women and girls live on the streets or in the 250 brothels of Tehran.

Prayer:

There is no longer a distinct value for male over female for we are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:28

-that God would correct the value system of Iran
-that God would comfort Iranian women who suffer injustice
-for the multiplication of women’s shelters all over Iran