by Amy Gopp, Deborah Rosenbloom, and Christina Tobias-Nahi
So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. ~ Genesis 1:27, The Torah
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. ~ Romans 12:10, The New Testament
O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted. ~ The Quran, Surat al Hujjurat, 49:13
We write for those unable to raise their own voices, and we write for ourselves. We write because our faith compels us to do so. We are Jewish, Christian, and Muslim, and we are women with a deep love for our country. We are leaders in faith-based non-profit organizations working for an end to poverty, suffering, and sexual and gender based violence, and for the safety, equity, and empowerment of girls and women. We are women who have been called to lift our voices on behalf of our sisters and brothers in the United States—especially at such a time as this, during this unforgettable presidential election season—and the world over.
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The Rev. Amy Gopp is the vice president for External Relations for IMA World Health, Deborah Rosenbloom is JWI's VP of programs & new initiatives, and Christina Tobias-Nahi is director of Public Affairs at Islamic Relief USA. All three organizations are members of the We Will Speak Out alliance to end sexual and gender-based violence.