STEPS TOWARD HEALING THE CULTURE OF VIOLENCE

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD an economist or politician say that he or she can always tell how healthy and prosperous a nation is by how it treats its women? That's both a provocative question and an interesting assessment. But isn't it true that the rights of all men and women, cherished, realized, and upheld equally in any nation, would make it a happy, healthy, inspiring place to live?

Recently, I found myself praying about the treatment of women. I'd just finished reading a newspaper article about some troubling findings by the humanitarian aid organization Save the Children. The report found that efforts to stem sexual abuse of young girls in Haiti, the Ivory Coast, and South Sudan by UN peacekeepers were falling short (Mike Pflanz, "Sex abuse by peacekeepers still a problem, says report," The Christian Science Monitor, May 27, 2008).

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