BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
A ‘break the silence’ Church Service was held on Sunday to begin the 16 days of activism against women and girls.
The Church Service was held at the All Saints Anglican Church in Honiara.
Rev Nigel Kelaepa, Mission Secretary, Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) says today (yesterday) is a great day because Solomon Islands and other countries are joining the fight against violence.
Rev Kelaepa said the service is a call for justice, fairness and equality for all God’s people in society.
“I hope this 16 days of activism that we are embarking on starting from today (yesterday) will have something that will promote awareness against evils of violence against women, girls and children and the innocent society. That it will help break the silence over evils that we see,” he said.
Kelaepa said being committed will help to mobilise certain collaborative action towards making greater impacts in the fight to reduce and eliminate violence against women and girls.
He said to advocate for justice for the vulnerable is very important and that one recognizes God’s word.
Rev Kelaepa said this is what God expects of his people.
“With that I appeal to all Solomon Islanders and friends from elsewhere especially the perpetrators to take time and listen to the word of the Lord and follow what it requires us to do,” he said.
The theme for these years 16 days of activism celebration is ‘hear my voice and hear my cry’.]