A just society

The Gospel addresses the whole person and all people. Following Jesus Christ also means having a vision for a just society; a commitment to human rights, the poor, minorities, women, refugees and those with special needs.

Arab Vision programs address major issues. We have successfully supported campaigns against FGM (female genital mutilation) and for better children’s rights. As a result of our documentaries, entire villages abandoned the awful practice of FGM and a new law protecting children was adopted.

Read more about our current productions.

 

Maternal mortality is still unacceptably high. Every day, some 830 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications around the world reports the World Health Organisation.The cause is often a lack of basic health care and a very limited knowledge of topics related to sex, pregnancy and child birth. Female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and HIV/AIDS complicate matters even further.  Nearly half a million Syrian refugees and displaced women are pregnant, according to new UN figures, so we have decided that at least one of the episodes will be produced with a refugee woman who is pregnant who can speak about the extra challenges she faces being pregnant and away from home, often in dismal circumstances.

Many women in the Arab World spend a significant amount of time on the back seat of taxis, often together with a friend. That is where discussions on every topic take place.  We would like to produce a real life TV series Baby on board! Back-seat talks with pregnant women.  Two women chatting together on the back seat of a taxi about the joy of being pregnant, but also about taking care of your body, recognising danger signs and getting medical support when needed.

The new series “Baby on Board” about pregnancy will consist of 9 episodes of 10 minutes each. This will be a first for the Arab World – there are no Arabic TV programmes or video-clips freely available on satellite TV to help pregnant women.

The total budget for production and follow up for 6 months is around €15500. We still need about €3000 to produce this unique series and provide follow up for six months.

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Getting the right things right: Biblical principles for reconciliation

Arabic and Hebrew
We produced a documentary of 45 minutes (three episodes of 15 minutes) on reconciliation in cooperation with several organisations, including Musalaha, an organisation in Jerusalem which has been working with Palestinian Christians and Messianic Jews since 1990 to promote reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians according to biblical principles. Goal of the documentary is to evoke awareness and discussion in the Arab World about biblical reconciliation principles.

The languages of the program are Arabic and Hebrew, subtitled in Arabic where Hebrew is being spoken, and the other way around. We also hope to subtitle the program in English.

You can watch a trailer of the documentary here.

 

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Hope for Tomorrow

Our program Hope for Tomorrow about domestic violence and sexual harassment is indeed a life-changing program. Many people respond on the Facebook page and ask questions.

When Leila was still a child, she was raped by her brother. This was only the beginning and she was subjected to abuse by many other family members, which resulted for her in an addiction to sex. Because she’d always had a problem with her leg, she thought that her chances to get married were very slim. She had become completely addicted to sex without seeing a way out of this bondage and more than once she thought of taking her own life. After having watched our program of Hope for Tomorrow, she contacted us and we talked with her about the Lord Jesus and assured her of the fact that He is willing to accept her. Leila prayed to God and asked Him to help her in the situation. Please pray for Leila and the many men and women who respond to Hope for Tomorrow.

We’d like to be able to make this program available in other languages as well. The issue of sexual violence is not limited to the Arab World. Would you please help us with the translation of the program into English? 13 x US$170 is needed for the translation.

Watch an episode of Hope for Tomorrow with English subtitles.

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She is a child – not a bride!

It was a 10-year-old Yemeni girl who put the practice of child marriage firmly on the map, when she walked into a courtroom in Sana’a and asked for a divorce. Her father had arranged marriage for her in 2008, when she was 9 years old. Nujood courageously defied Yemeni customs and her own family and fought to get her freedom and her life back.

“I’m a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no,” she writes in her book I am Nujood, age 10 and divorced. (2010, Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui) Her story was so gripping that it was soon made into a movie.

Girls should be allowed freedom in life-making decisions but many girls are being denied this basic right, by being forced to marry when they are still a minor. One in seven girls in the Arab world is married before her 18th birthday. The highest rates of child marriage are seen in the poorer and war-torn countries such as Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

Poverty and war are the main reasons for child marriage. Poverty leads people to do desperate things for money; war increases the risk of girls being abducted, abused and raped. Parents wrongfully believe that early marriage is a way to prevent their daughters from being sexually harassed. It is the opposite; child brides often suffer abuse in their marriage.

Early marriage also diminishes the girls’ educational opportunities; they drop out of school and this hinders their personal development, thus continuing the cycle of poverty.  Moreover, child marriage often endangers the girl’s health.

Child marriage is also used as a disguise for human trafficking and prostitution. The non-existence of or the failure to implement laws against child marriage in the Arab World are the main challenges in fighting this phenomenon, which despite everything that is being done against it, is growing again especially in warzones.

All these facts are sufficient to show the need for a documentary about child marriage which can be used by Arab Vision’s NGO partners in the region. We want to do what we can to eliminate this terrible practice which is so devastating for many young Arab girls. Will you help us make that possible?

 

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