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Germany: World Day of Prayer 2012 - Prayerful Action for Domestic workers

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by IDWFED published Mar 02, 2012 12:00 AM
Contributors: Weltgebetstag.de
In the international ecumenical movement “World Day of Prayer” praying together and acting in solidarity go together: informed prayer and prayerful action. Women active in World Day of Prayer (WDP) work are committed to learn and to strive for wisdom. They are also encouraged to take responsible action that grows out of the worship service and its theme, and that is wisely discerned and appropriate for those who engage in it.

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In the international ecumenical movement “World Day of Prayer” praying together and acting in solidarity go together: informed prayer and prayerful action. Women active in World Day of Prayer (WDP) work are committed to learn and to strive for wisdom. They are also encouraged to take responsible action that grows out of the worship service and its theme, and that is wisely discerned and appropriate for those who engage in it.

Each year WDP brings to us a stimulus to learn and to study and this year we can welcome the occasion to reflect on the significance of the theme highlighted by women in Malaysia: “Let Justice Prevail”.

WDP offers the opportunity to learn about the lives of people in other countries; to discover new understandings about cultures and expressions of Christianity, and to research causes for social problems, urgent world issues, and ways to address them.

Prayerful Action for Domestic workers in Germany

As the steps toward action within the World Day of Prayer Movement begin wherever women are in their everyday lives in their communities, dealing with the situation of domestic workers in our own country is a crucial issue of WDP Germany

Many women engaged in WDP work in Germany also follow how the German government is going to act with regard to the ratification of the ILO Convention 189 and they support initiatives to improve the situation of domestic workers in Germany.

Some of the members of WDP Committee Germany belong to church women’s organization that have already addressed the issue of unjust working conditions for domestic workers in their published materials, political statements, and in practical information (e.g. how to register a domestic worker so that she (he) is able to collect unemployment compensation, to have access to health insurance).

As part of the preparatory work as well as the material published by WDP-German Committee we shared this information in order to encourage and enable prayerful action on behalf of domestic workers in Germany, too.

Prayerful Action for Domestic workers in Malaysia

As the steps toward action within the World Day of Prayer Movement can reach as far as the everyday lives of women in other countries, the German WDP Committee decided to cooperate with Tenaganita (Women's Power) in order to support their Campaign addressed to the Malaysian Government and claiming to put an end to inhuman working conditions of domestic workers in Malaysia.

Through extensive project work WDP Germany supports organizations in countries all over the world which empower women, employed as domestic workers. With their multi-layer approach these projects support women directly on a personal level (shelter, counseling, coursework), and in their efforts on a political and advocacy level (employment rights, legislation).

Informed Prayer – Continuous Prayerful Action

Supporting Tenaganita’s struggle for domestic workers is one expression of prayerful action – closely linked to WDP 2012 “Let Justice Prevail”. But we are aware, that every woman is invited to be engaged and to bring her talents to WDP. Thus all the time, skills, services contributed; all the study undertaken and all the trust built become the basis for on-going action.

WDP Germany asks for supporting their petition to the Malaysian government, which still can be signed until 15 april 2012. More information about the World Day of Prayer. Background information “Domestic workers in Malaysia” (in PDF).

Source: Weltgebetstag.de (in German)

Source: Weltgebetstag.de

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