A Canadian Christian ministry
to bring God’s Love and
Truth to the neediest
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.”
(Matthew 5:23 NIV)
“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
(Matthew 6:12 NIV)
OVERCOMING GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING
(Acts 2:44 & 1 John 3:18)
The world is plagued with rapes on women and children, domestic violence and human trafficking. 27 million people are trafficked in the world, and human trafficking has become the second organized crime in the world, before the arms traffic and just after the illegal drug trade. Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted (2) ! In South Africa, 500,000 women and 200,000 children are raped every year (3) ; if the rapes were all reported there would be an average of one child rape every three minutes (4) , and one woman raped every seventeen seconds (5) . One on four women in South Africa suffers domestic violence (6) . In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, mass and horrendously violent civil war related rapes leave the victims with fistulas that most of the times cannot be healed, even after five or six surgeries. Rape, whether used as a weapon or linked with false beliefs, is the most widely used act of terror.
Justice & Equity, Inc. (J&E) is a Christian foundation from Canada, involved worldwide at all levels, in a holistic way, through a non denominational prophetic and apostolic ministry (since 1997), with churches and Christian ministries, governments, and national and international NGOs in the fields of Reconciliation, Development, Entrepreneurship, Fight against Poverty, Gender Based Violence and Human Trafficking, HIV/AIDS, Care for Street Children, Youth, Elders, Widows and Orphans.
J&E President, Florence Boivin and her husband Dr. Denis Roumestan, Vice President, both founders of J&E, have been missionaries in Africa (Great Lakes region) since 2001. In 2008, they have directed and produced a documentary on raped women in the Democratic Republic of Congo, entitled “La Paix Violée” (“Raped Peace”).
They have received from the Holy Spirit a complete strategy called “UBUNTU Strategy” to mobilize the churches and Christian organizations in the fight against Gender Based Violence and Human Trafficking. They have already brought it in Burundi, D.R. Congo, the U.S. (Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey), and Canada (Ontario and Québec).
· As translated by Liberian peace activist and 2011 Peace Nobel Prize Leymah Gbowee: "I am what I am because of who we all are."
· As defined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in No Future Without Forgiveness (1999): “A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.
· As further explained by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the Ubuntu Women Institute USA in 2008: “One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can't be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity."
(2) Rape Abuse and Incest National Network. Calculation based on 2000 National Crime Victimization Survey, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice.
(4)National Youth Victimization Study of 2005; http://cjcp.org.za/admin/uploads/final.RichReward.pdf page 62.
(5) The Rape Survivor Journal, 09/01/2008 (http://www.rape.co.za/index2.php?option=com content&do pdf=1&id=875), mentioning a study by Interpol.
(6) 450,311 Domestic Violence: Submission to the South African Law Commission in the Light of International and Constitutional Human Rights Jurisprudence Part 1, May 1997.
“Love goes with service”
“It is urgent for the Church to intervene and stand up”
“The entire congregation is meant to break the wall of shame, fear and silence”
“Give unconditional love to the victims”
“God’s justice not just in courts”