Cobram’s Uniting Church parishioners are being encouraged to participate in this week’s World Day of Prayer, which this year will focus on the Philippines.
Held on Friday, March 3, more than three million people in 170 countries and islands will pray together during the global annual day of prayer.
It aims to tackle the growing issues of family violence, human trafficking, child abuse and other forms of injustice through prayer.
The Philippines, a tropical nation made up of 7107 islands, has a population of more than 100 million people.
Despite having a constitution guaranteeing equal rights, many Filipino women are still treated as subordinates in the home, church and society.
Poverty, particularly in rural areas, aggravates the vulnerability of women to violence and exploitation.
One in five females aged 15 to 49 have experienced physical violence, there is also sexual, pyschological and economic violence as well as human trafficking.
There is legislation against all of these issues, but little implementation.
On Friday, World Day of Prayer services will be held in Christian churches in every community across Australia and the world, and churches are inviting people to join them to pray for Cuba.
●A service will be held at Cobram Uniting Church, Hay Ave, at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome.