Candle at evening prayer © Romano Siciliani (KNA)
On the occasion of the International Day against Violence against Women this Friday, Christian, Muslim and Bahai women in Cologne are inviting people to an interreligious evening prayer. The event will take place at the Cologne Ditib Central Mosque.
The theme of Friday's evening prayer is "The dignity of women is inviolable – even in refugee shelters," according to a statement by Ditib. The speaker is the press officer of the women's rights organization Medica Mondiale, Mechthild Buchholz. In addition, the Federation of Muslim Women wants to honor the winners of a painting and photography contest under the motto "Not against women! – Raise your hand against violence" present.
Archdiocese of Cologne involved
In addition to Ditib, the Cologne Action Group, which organizes the Interreligious Evening Prayer, also includes the Archdiocese of Cologne and the Protestant Church Association Cologne and Region, the Protestant Methodist Church and the Association of Christian Churches in Cologne, among others.
The International Day against Violence against Women on 25. November has been celebrated by human rights organizations since 1981. With the day of commemoration and action, they want to draw attention to ies such as forced prostitution, sexual abuse, domestic violence or female poverty and advocate for women's rights.