Thank you to everyone that has added their name to the handmade petition so far. Your many hours of work, and thousands of stitches and pen and brush strokes, have resulted in some truly beautiful pieces. Below, we share some of these with you.
If you haven’t already taken part, we hope this page will inspire you to pick up a needle, brush, or pen and sign the handmade petition too.
Completed petitions need to be with us by 14 October 2019, ready for us to present them to the UK Government at the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict (PSVI) Conference this autumn.
The petition will push for policy which recognises that, in order to address the problem of sexual violence in conflict, the persecution of faith needs to be recognised too. In many countries the two are inextricably linked.
Handmade petition latest news
Women in Nigeria make their handmade petition
Christian women in Nigeria recently did the handmade petition at a trauma-care workshop. Rejoice said, ‘I chose the black fabric because I came with a heavy heart, but I sewed my name in shiny gold sequins because Jesus is shining through me and I have hope again’.
Women across the world are taking part. We have received pieces from countries in Asia and Latin America. Many of the women are victims of persecution themselves, and they are choosing to stand with their sisters to help restore hope and dignity for all of them. When they hear about the petition, they are delighted that their family is standing with them too.
Naomi and Rejoice with their handmade petitions
Stephanie exceeds her target of getting 200 handmade petitions signed
An Open Doors supporter and author of the Flower Violet Blog has been doing an amazing job encouraging people across her parish to sign the handmade petition. With the support of her parish priest, Stephanie ran a table at the back of her church on several occasions. She also encouraged local food banks and women’s groups to get involved.
“It was a mad rush at times,” she said, “Many gave their love and thanks for the work that was being done by Open Doors and were grateful for the opportunity to participate in this campaign.
“After the last three pieces of fabric had been signed, and all the counting of fabric had been sorted, it totalled an incredible 203! So much love and support demonstrated by the Christian Community of Acocks Green!”
Handmade petition gathers pace at summer festivals
We are taking the handmade petition to Christian festivals across the country this summer. We have received dozens from festivals that have already happened, and people have been getting creative in other ways, writing poems and messages of encouragement to their persecuted sisters.
We look forward to seeing you at other festivals over the next few weeks.
MPs sign the handmade petition
On the left,Jo Swinson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Member of Parliament for East Dunbartonshire, and, on the right, Robert Courts, Member of Parliament for Witney, displays his handmade petition with Matthew Rees, Head of Advocacy at Open Doors UK & Ireland
MPs up and down the country have put their names to the handmade petition.
Post a picture of yourself with your handmade petition on social media and tag @opendoorsuk #iseeyou #seechange. You could tag your MP too and ask them to recognise the double vulnerability of Christian women by taking part in the handmade petition. Don’t forget to include a link to the handmade petition webpage: https://www.opendoorsuk.org/act/see-change/handmade-petition/
The handmade montage
Here are pictures of more of the beautiful handmade petitions we have received.
Included is a photo of Amanda’s petition sewn on a very special piece of fabric. She writes: “This material was made by my grandmother in Burnley in the 1950s. I have been saving it for something important and this is it!”
Do you have a handmade petition story or picture to share? Then do get in touch.
Want to create your own handmade petition?
Remember: completed petitions need to be with us by 14 October 2019 ready for us to present them to the UK Government at the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict (PSVI) Conference this autumn.