August 26 is Women's Equality Day
- Read more HERE.
- Committee Members
- Women's Creed
- Links and Resources
- Domestic Violence
- Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery
- Human Trafficking Resources
- Sexual Violence
- Louise Davidson
- Nancy Draves
- Judy Oeder
- Martha Pool
- Beth Malcus Stafa
- Rebecca Tollefson
We believe in God who creates women and men as partners in God’s image.
To work together in Harmony, respecting and honoring each other.
We believe that we are co-workers with God in creating and preserving life.
We believe in God who took human form to redeem us from fear and prejudice, anger and hatred, greed and selfishness.
We believe in Jesus, who empowered women and outcasts and gives them new life.
We believe in the Spirit, active in our world, who encourages and nurtures, strengthens and restores us.
We believe in the Spirit who quickens us to be involved in the work of the Kingdom (Reign of God).
From "Women’s Litany for a Worship Service of Lamentation and Hope." Go here to read the complete liturgy.
- PSV Justice for Women Brochure [.pdf]
- Domestic Violence Resources
- Human Trafficking: Report on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery
- Resources on Human Trafficking
- Freedom Network USA
- Presbyterian Women
- Advisory Committee on Women’s Concerns
- National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen
- Women’s Ministry, National Council of Churches
- What is CEDAW? How do we get it ratified?
- The Justice for Women Committee (JFW) shall be a subcommittee of the Justice and Peacemaking Committee of the Presbytery of Scioto Valley.
- Membership: The Justice for Women Committee shall be comprised of a Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, and other members for a total not to exceed twelve (12) members, one of whom shall serve as liaison to Presbyterian Women in the PSV and one of whom shall serve as liaison to the Justice and Peacemaking Committee of the PSV. Members shall be recruited by JFW and the three leadership positions shall be elected by the members of JFW.
- Purpose: To be informed on issues that particularly, but not exclusively, affect women in the church and in society and to bring these concerns before the Presbytery and its churches.
a. To provide resources and education regarding the concerns of women.
b. To assist in identifying, recruiting, and training women for leadership in the church.
c. To support women serving in leadership positions in the church.
d. To interpret ad advocate on concerns and issues of women in church and society.
Adopted January 13, 2004 by the JFW Committee meeting at Broad Street Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH. (Revised, 11/13/07.)
Domestic Violence Resources
- Striking Terror No More: The Church Responds to Domestic Violence, excellent resource to help churches find creative and faithful solutions to address domestic violence. Order through PCUSA PDS #72-700-98-003. (*)
- “In Her Shoes” – interactive educational experience that takes people through the daily experience of a battered woman. Contact Jean Snyder,
- “Anguished Hearts”, an excellent study guide to accompany “Turn Mourning Into Dancing”, Policy Statement on Healing Domestic Violence, $8, from PDS #70 270 03 025 (*)
- General Assembly – “Turn Mourning Into Dancing”, A Policy Statement on Healing Domestic Violence, (2001), published by The Office of the General Assembly, available at www.pcusa.org/oga/publications/dancing.pdf
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 800-799-SAFE
- Study Paper on Family Violence (1991), PDS #OGA-01-019 (*)
- Study Guide for the Study Paper on Family Violence, PDS #283-91-001 (*)
- White Ribbon and the Founding Fathers
- Clothesline Project, contact Tracy Denham, with the Women’s Crisis Center, 859-372-3576 (Northern KY)
- Silent Witness
- Ohio Domestic Violence Network, 4807 Evanswood Drive, Columbus, OH 43229; 614-781-9651. Information line: 800-934-9840
- FaithTrust Institute (formerly Center for the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence), 2400 North 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98103; 877-860-2255
- Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence
- Justice for Women;
- Washington Office, PCUSA, 110 Maryland Ave. NE, Suite 410, Washington, D.C. 20002; 202-543-1126
- NAPC (National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen)
- Presbyterian Women in the Synod
- Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery
- The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (National), 1025 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005; 202-628-7700
- The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (Ohio) ; P.O. Box 82204, Columbus, OH 43202; Columbus area: 614-436-7213; Toll free in OH: 800-587-2330
- PHEWA -Presbyterian Health, Education, and Welfare Association, 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202-1396; 888-728-7228, ext.5794
- PARO – Presbyterians Affirming Reproductive Options
- PADVN – Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence
- Women’s Ministries (General Assembly)
- Office of Women’s Advocacy
- Women Thrive Worldwide
(*) Items from Presbyterian Distribution Services (PDS) can usually be ordered through The Presbyterian Church Store website or call toll-free at (800) 524-2612 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern time or contact via email.
*WEAR ORANGE THE 25TH OF EACH MONTH TO LET PEOPLE KNOW YOU ARE AGAINST VIOLENCE TO WOMEN.
The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency estimates that 50,000 people are trafficked into or transited through the U.S.A. annually as sex slaves, domestics, garment, and agricultural slaves.
The United States (U.S.) is a destination country for thousands of men, women, and children trafficked largely from East Asia, Mexico, and Central America for the purposes of sexual and labor exploitation. A majority of foreign victims identified during the year were victims of trafficking for forced labor. Some men and women, responding to fraudulent offers of employment in the United States, migrate willingly—legally and illegally—but are subsequently subjected to conditions of involuntary servitude or debt bondage at work sites or in the commercial sex trade. An unknown number of American citizens and legal residents are trafficked within the country primarily for sexual servitude and, to a lesser extent, forced labor.
The U.S. Government (USG) in 2007 continued to advance the goal of eradicating human trafficking in the United States. This coordinated effort includes several federal agencies and approximately $23 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 for domestic programs to boost anti-trafficking law enforcement efforts, identify and protect victims of trafficking, and raise awareness of trafficking as a means of preventing new incidents.* – Adapted from U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June, 2008* ￼
How an eastern Iowa teen prostitution, human trafficking ring took root
In the basement of an ordinary-looking Williamsburg home, the 13-year-old girl was given a choice. Either she would have sex with two men nearly twice her age or she would be given back to her kidnapper. Already in the week since Demont Bowie told the suburban Minneapolis girl she belonged to him, he’d beaten and abused her, starved her and deprived her of sleep. He traded her body to his friends and even a mechanic. When Demont told her to do something to someone, she did. There was no refusing. He’d said he’d kill her, kill her family, if she tried to leave.
Sex Victim Gives Voice to Problem
At 15, Theresa Flores was a self-described “blond, white girl” from an upper-class Detroit suburb and went out on date with a boy she knew from school. That night she was attacked and raped as the boy’s cousins took photos. It was the beginning of an agonizing two years for Flores. Her attackers – members of a gang – blackmailed her with the threat of revealing the photos and forced her to become a sex slave. Fearing for her life, she escaped only after her family moved from the state, taking her with them. “You don’t think that it happens here” in the suburbs, “and until it hits you between the eyes, you don’t realize it,” she said. “But it can happen to anybody.”
Resources on Human Trafficking
- Governor's page: http://humantrafficking.ohio.gov
- Trafficking Laws: Ohio's Law: HB 262, Safe Harbor Law - Polaris Project: www.polarisproject.org
- Trafficking in persons general awareness training: http://www.state.gov/j/tip/training/index.htm
- Labor Trafficking: Not For Sale: http://www/free2work.org/trends/apparel/
- Toolkit for Serving Victims of Human Trafficking in Ohio - Ohio Department of Public Safety. Contact: Ms. Elizabeth Ranade-Janis, Anit-trafficking Coordinator.
- The Salvation Army: Contact: Ms. Michelle Hannan, Director of Professional and Community Services.
- 2012: 3 issue of Justice & Peace Links: www.pcusa.org/resource/justice-and-peace-links-2012-human-trafficking
- Book: Other Dreams of Freedom: Religion, Sex and Human Trafficking (AAR Academy Series), NY: Oxford University Press, 2012, Dr. Yvonne Zimmerman
- End Child Prostitution and Trafficking
- Resolution to Expand the Church’s Ministry with and Advocacy Against Human Trafficking from Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns approved at 2008 General Assembly (PDF)
- On Condemning International Trafficking In and Sexual Exploitation of Children, 2006 General Assembly, Overture from the Synod of the Northeast was passed.
- Agencies Work to Find Victims, Prevent Sex Trafficking, Justice and Peace Links, Presbyterian Women
- Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery on Long Island (PDF)
- UN Office on Drugs and Crime report on human trafficking exposes modern form of slavery
- Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children
- The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) website has additional resources available here: http://www.pcusa.org/humantrafficking/;
- Toolkit for Action: Modern Slavery: www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/human-trafficking