A prayer for International Women's Day: Rev Rosie Frew

To mark International Women's Day, Rev Rosie Frew, who was recently appointed as convener of the Church of Scotland's Faith Nurture Forum, has written a prayer for women around the world and the varying injustices, poverty and inequality women still face.

Rev Rosie Frew, convener of the Church of Scotland's Faith Nurture Forum
Rev Rosie Frew, convener of the Church of Scotland's Faith Nurture Forum, has written a prayer to mark International Women's Day.

On this International Women’s Day,
as we celebrate and give thanks for the achievements of women,
we remember the women who have played a part in our lives.
Those who have
nurtured us,
taught us,
inspired us,
loved us.

Forgive us when we have limited women
through inequality,
by stereotype,
by exclusion,
through lack of opportunity.

On this International Women’s Day,
as we acknowledge the challenges women still face,
we pray that all women may know equality
of healthcare,
of education,
of wealth,
of prospects.

We pray that all women may know themselves to be
respected,
safe,
included,
empowered.

We ask these things in the name of Jesus
in whom there is neither male nor female.
Amen.

Tackling gender inequality