One of the things that we’ve been trying to do with worship in the prisons is help those inside connect with bigger issues in the world. The prison system is designed to isolate inmates from the world; we want to offer ways they can participate and take responsibility for being part of a better world – to participate in being human. So as part of Easter Sunday in the women’s prison, we’re going to offer the women an opportunity to write or sign letters on behalf of Amnesty International, as part of their Stop Violence against Women campaign. We’re going to be participating in these campaigns.
Amnesty’s research indicates that In Australia, domestic violence puts more women aged 15 to 44 at risk of ill-health and premature death than any other risk factor; and more than one third of women experience physical or sexual violence in their lives. The prison chaplains say that every woman they know in prison has been subjected to violence – the letters are one way they can be part of making a world free of violence. It is entirely optional, of course. If you want to send letters too, that would be great. I’d love to be able to tell them that others are doing this as well.